LEE COUNTY, Ala. -
A Lee County woman is in critical condition at an Atlanta hospital after being attacked by two pit bulls earlier this week, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Department.
Officials tell News 3 the 20-year-old woman was in the backyard of the pit bull's owners' house when the dogs attacked her. The dog's owners had plans to go out of town and the woman was being introduced to the pit bulls to take care of the dogs while the owners were away, according to authorities. While the victim was playing fetch with the dogs, she leaned over to pick up the ball and one of the dogs jumped on her. The other dog then jumped on her as well and started attacking the woman.
The woman received severe head injuries, including her scalp being peeled back during the attack. The pit bulls have been removed from the home and are being quarantined at a local veterinarian's office, authorities said. Alabama state law requires dogs to be observed for at least 10 days after an attack before being released back to the owner.
The owner is not facing charges at this time. The victim and the owner are friends, according to officials.