Woman scalped, in critical condition after dog attack in west Lubbock County

Woman scalped, in critical condition after dog attack in west Lubbock County
Family members have identified the woman as 67-year-old Priscilla Espenschied. (Source: Family members)

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - A woman is in critical condition after a brutal dog attack. Two of the three dogs were captured and the third was put down.

According to the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office, just before 4 a.m., deputies were called to an animal bite in the 10500 block of County Road 6870.

When they arrived, they found a woman with multiple dog bites. Family members have identified the woman as 67-year-old Priscilla Espenschied.

Family members say she was taking out the trash late Tuesday night when the dogs ran up on her. Her daughter lives behind her and has three dogs and it is not sure if they are the dogs who attacked her.

Family members say both of her arms were broken and she was scalped. Family members also say she is missing toes and a large piece of flesh on her body, and skin off of her face.

Family members also say she was outside after the attack for multiple hours before she was found. They say when deputies arrived, one of the dogs charged at them and was shot. The other two found were captured and taken to Lubbock Animal Services. It is not clear if all three dogs were involved in this attack, but the investigation is ongoing.

It is believed the dogs stayed engaged in the attack. They didn’t make a quick attack and leave. They have no idea why the dogs would have attacked Priscilla.

One dog has been described as a Catahoula mix, the other two have been described as mutts. Their breeds are not known. Officials with the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office say the dogs do not have any specific characteristics of a certain breed.

The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for Priscilla’s medical expenses. They say she is a breast cancer survivor and she has had a rough time the past few years.

The woman was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

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