Officers save 72-year-old woman from vicious dog attack

(Photo: WKRN)

BEDFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 72-year-old Bedford County woman is grateful for officers who saved her from a vicious dog attack.

Barabara Helms is calling her survival a miracle and praising two Shelbyville police officers who stopped the attack.

“She was attempting to murder me,” Helms told WATE 6 On Your Side’s sister station, WKRN.

She says she was at a friend’s house on Fairfield Pike when the dog jumped the fence.

“She probably jumped 4 or 5 feet and hit me and knocked me down.”

Helms was pinned down on her back, fighting the pit bull that had its teeth in her skin.

“I was hollering ‘Help, help, help!’” she explained.

That’s when Helms says two officers who happened to be on site distracted and shot the pit bull.

“He shot her one time and I heard her go yipe and then he shot her again. Thank God, because I believe she would have killed me if they hadn’t been there,” she said.

Helms was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with 18 dog bites.

“They got me there, my finger is hanging’ by a thread, I’m bleeding’ from both arms.”

Helms wounds are now stitched up and her finger is recovering well.

“I’m blessed, I’m alive and I’m doing well.”

Helms says she should make a full recovery and is thankful the dog didn’t have rabies.

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