FLORIDA -- A Homosassa woman is recovering from severe dog bites after her own dog attacked her without warning or provocation.
According to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, deputies at about 11 a.m. on Thursday responded to a home off South Maxwell Point in Homosassa, where they found the homeowner, 20-year-old Jessica Calhoun, with serious bites on her body, especially her legs.
Calhoun and her boyfriend, Robert Guerra, told police their 4-year-old female pit bull terrier mix attacked Calhoun at home while she was on the phone. Guerra said the dog walked over to Calhoun, sniffed her clothes and then attacked her for no reason.
Due to the severity of her injuries, Calhoun was airlifted to a hospital and contact was made with the Florida Department of Health in case she contracted rabies, according to the sheriff’s office.
Calhoun surrendered ownership of her dog to the county and asked for it to be put down. Instead of monitoring the dog for 10 days to see if it had rabies, the county euthanized the dog and sent it to a state lab for more immediate testing.
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Lana Mullins Springer added 2 new photos to Facebook — with Jessica Calhoun. February 23 at 12:32pm ·
URGENT PRAYER REQUEST!
This is my Beautiful niece Jessica. Yesterday morning she was attacked by her own dog.
She is in pretty bad shape. She was in surgery for almost 7 hours yesterday. The dog tore both of her legs up especially the left leg. Hitting the main artery in her leg. The surgeon did a procedure yesterday taking a vein out of her right leg and placing it in her left.
As of the morning that procedure was not successful. I am asking all of my friends that are prayer warriors to please keep Jessica in prayer. The surgeon has now recommend amputating her leg.
At this point it's a life or death decision. Our family is heart broken! I know God is a big God! And he can change the situation before the surgery ever get started! Please pray for this sweet girl that is so full of life! Jess we love you baby girl! 🙏❤️🙏❤️
Her employer said she loves her three dogs and that she'd been trying to get rid of at least one of them.
It should also be noted that the Pit Bull pictured in this article is one that the victim was trying to re-home. It is not the actual Pit Bull that attacked her.
GOFUNDME: Jessica Calhoun medical fund
Created February 24, 2018
Lana Mullins Springer
This is Jessica Marie, our beautiful, wonderful, full of life girl. She needs all of our help as she was brutally attacked by her family dog on Thursday morning resulting in life threatening injuries.
Jessica has gone through two major surgeries thus far, is still on a ventilator and fighting to get better every day. She remains in critical condition, having suffered severe trauma to both legs, resulting in the severing of a main artery in her left upper thigh.
After unsuccessful procedures in attempting to restore blood circulation to her left leg, doctors had no choice but to amputate the leg above the knee.
Jessica has been a employee at Brooksville's Coney Island Restaurant for 14 years, has no health insurance, and will have medical bills piling up quick, let alone the long road to recovery ahead. We now are asking for your help financially; if you cannot please continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers. This girl is going to need a lot of love and support from all her friends and family! Thank you all and God richly bless you!