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Newport: Pit Bull attacks two women outside a car wash – see update below.

The SUV that the two women escaped to.

The SUV that the two women escaped to.

Both women were bitten, dog owner Michele Elwood was said to have been severely mauled.

Both women were bitten, dog owner Michele Elwood was said to have been severely mauled.


Dog was locked up inside the detail shop.  Retrieved by officers.

Dog was locked up inside the detail shop. Retrieved by officers.


Dangerous Pit Bull was loaded into a secure Animal Control vehicle.

Dangerous Pit Bull was loaded into a secure Animal Control vehicle.

From what News Lincoln County has been able to piece together, two women at the Super Suds car wash were suddenly and viciously attacked by one of the women’s pit bull. The dog reportedly tore into its owner, identified as Michelle Elwood. She suffered bites to both arms and to her chest and reportedly was bleeding badly. Michelle’s friend tried to intervene and save her from the dog and then it turned on her, biting her on both arms, though not as severely it repeatedly bit Michelle.

The dog retreated into Michelle’s detail shop and the door was closed behind it. Arriving paramedics transported both women to Pacific Communities Hospital.

Meanwhile a Sheriff’s Deputy and a Newport Police Officer managed to get a double-noose on the dog and quickly got him loaded into an animal control vehicle. No word on its fate.

Update Friday AM

Michelle Elwood contacted News Lincoln County telling us that a homeless person was walking by which “set off” her pit bull. She said the dog jumped out of a car. But in the process of trying to get it back into the car the dog attacked her and her friend.

Michelle said “My dog is a loving, loyal and awesome dog. There had to be something medically wrong to make her do this. I know I’ll never see her again because the police made me sign a release. They’re holding her for a week to make sure she doesn’t have rabies – which she doesn’t.”

When asked if she’ll get another dog Michelle said “Yes, a pit bull.”

—–Editor’s note: We misunderstood the name of the dog. We regret the error and have made the correction.

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