Ameren workers save woman from pit bulls

UNION, MO (KTVI)– A Union, Missouri woman says a pair of Ameren line workers is the only thing that saved her and her two Chihuahuas from two attacking pit bulls.  Dawn Lay believes she could have been killed.

It was September 11th when she was letting her dogs go to the bathroom outside her home on Halligan Estates Drive.  She says one of her small dogs barked, then, without warning, the two attacking dogs, identified by authorities as pit bulls, came tearing around the corner.

“Immediately the white pit bull latched onto her rear end, bit a hold of her,” Lay said.  “The black one had knocked me forward to the top of the porch here.”

She literally crawled with the two dogs up her front porch with the two pit bulls still attacking.   She says she was huddled in the fetal position trying to protect her dogs and herself from the animals that were tearing at them.

“I just held onto them screaming for somebody to stop and for somebody to help me.  And out of nowhere I heard a male’s voice scream out, “Get out of here!” and I heard a crack.”

She didn’t know it at the time, but she had just been saved by two Ameren line workers who were finishing up a job across the street.  The men, who didn’t want any publicity, asked their boss to speak on their behalf.

“The way they characterized it to me is they did what anyone else would do who observed the situation that they did,” Ameren’s Mark Nealon said. “They ran across the street, again, having been at the right place at the right timeand the way they characterized it to me was it was over pretty quickly with a little bit of yellingand a couple of whacks from a broom and the job was done.”

Lay sees it as a far more heroic gesture.

“They didn’t have to do what they did.  They didn’t have to.  They put themselves in harm’s way,” she said of the linemen.  “I can’t thank ‘em enough.  Because my heard sinks to think….I don’t know really what would have happened.  I can’t get it out of my head.  If they didn’t come to our aid I don’t know what would have happened.  I’m thinking every worst case scenario.  My heart breaks.”

The two pit bulls are being held in quarantine until Saturday to make sure they don’t have rabies.

The city’s public safety commission declared them to be “dangerous animals” in a meeting Tuesday night.  Their owner can get them back, but will have to follow a litany of rules, including building separate pens for the two dogs and carrying half a million dollars worth of insurance on each.

If the owner can’t comply, the dogs will be euthanized according to the city ordinance.

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