MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Two people were injured in dog attacks in the Whitehaven area Tuesday morning.
Memphis police were called to Faronia Road and Mayhill Drive just north of E Shelby Drive around 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 12. When they arrived, officers located a 54-year-old female victim with dog bites. The victim was transported to The MED in critical condition, but has since been upgraded to non-critical condition. While investigating this scene, officers were advised that a second victim, a 38-year-old female, was taken by a private vehicle to Methodist South in non-critical condition.
Investigators stated that the victim, 38, was in the area of Faronia and Mayhill when three dogs attacked her. During the attack, a passerby witnessed the victim being mauled by the dogs and started blowing his horn as he stopped to assist. The dogs ran from the location and the victim was taken to the hospital by the passerby.
Several moments after the first attack, investigators were told the dogs attacked the second victim. The woman was reportedly getting of a bus when she was attacked by all three dogs.
According to witnesses, the dogs ran to a nearby location on the 1300-block of Farrow where officers located the owners, 41-year-old Miranda Hogan and 18-year-old Lawrence James. The owners denied owning three dogs and only admitted to owning two. The owners refused to turn over the third dog to officers.
A search warrant was issued for the residence and the third dog was located in the attic. All three dogs were recovered by the Memphis Animal Shelter and are currently in their possession.
Hogan and James were both cited by Animal Control for Vicious Dogs and Dogs Running Loose. Both owners were also charged by Memphis police with False Reporting.