An elderly woman was seriously injured when bitten by at least one dog in southeastern Wilkes County on Aug. 21, according to emergency personnel.

The report received was that a neighbor’s dog attacked an 89-year-old woman at 211 Mahaffey Lane in the Wilkes portion of Union Grove, leaving her with lacerations. Wilkes Emergency Medical Services was dispatched to the scene at 2:21 p.m. Saturday.

The woman was transported by AirCare helicopter to Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, where she was listed in critical condition. Information about her current condition wasn’t available.

Wilkes County Animal Control officers responded and took possession of at least two dogs for impoundment. The Wilkes Sheriff’s Office also is investigating.

Mahaffey Lane is a dead-end, unpaved road less than a fourth of a mile long that intersects with Ridgeline Road at the Wilkes-Iredell county line.

When the Wilkes Animal Control Department receives a report of a dog biting a person, biting another dog or behaving aggressively, the department impounds the dog temporarily while investigating to determine if the dog is potentially dangerous or actually is dangerous.

It also is determined if the dog has a current rabies vaccination.

The dog’s owner can appeal the department’s determination of dangerous or potentially dangerous to the Wilkes County Animal Control Committee and, if not satisfied with that decision, to Wilkes Superior Court. The dog remains impounded at the Wilkes Animal Shelter during the appeal.

These procedures are dictated under the Wilkes County Animal Control Ordinance.

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