PEMBROKE — A 63-year-old woman who was attacked by two pit bulls on Thursday has been transferred to UNC Hospitals for treatment of her injuries, and it will be at least Monday before officials know if either of the animals was rabid.
There was no information on the condition of Karen Coronado, according to Bill Smith, director of the Robeson County Health Department.
Pembroke Police Chief Grant Florita said Coronado was at the home of Vinita Clark at 339 Juddie St. when the animals attacked her at about 2:30 p.m. on Thursday. Florita said that he was not sure if the attack occurred inside or outside the home, and that because the home is on the “edge” of town, there could be a question of jurisdiction between the county and the town when it comes to charges, which the police chief said he expects.
He added that investigators were still tying to determine if the dogs belonged to Clark or a relative of hers.
An officer from the Robeson County Animal Control responded, according to Smith, because Pembroke’s Animal Control officer was out of town. Smith said there was no proof of vaccination, so the animals were killed and their brains were to be examined at a state lab for the rabies virus. He expects the results on Monday.
The incubation period for rabies in a person is generally from three to eights weeks. Rabies is considered to always be fatal.
Early during 2016 a pit bull attacked and killed a Lumberton child, prompting the city to adopt an ordinance targeting dogs deemed “vicious.” A Pembroke woman lost an arm after being attacked last year by a pit bull.