Woman taken to hospital after dog attack in High Point

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- A woman was taken to the hospital Thursday morning after being attacked by a dog in High Point, according to High Point police Lt. Curtis Cheeks.

The attack happened at 10:45 a.m. at a home on Proctor Drive and a neighbor had to beat the dog off the woman.

The dog has since been captured by animal control officials and taken to a shelter. It has been declared dangerous.

The victim was identified as Deirdre “Dee” Meadows by her son’s fiancée. She told FOX8 Meadows is an animal lover and worked with a dog rescue group called “Susie’s Hope.”

She also said Meadows was bit all over her body, including six puncture wounds to her neck. Her injuries were so bad she had to be put under in the hospital.

Tammy Colegrove lives on Proctor Drive. She witnessed the attack.

“It was so terrible,” Colegrove said. “I have lived here all my life and I've never experienced something this bad. I’m still a nervous wreck over it. It tore my nerves up so bad.”

Colegrove says she saw Dameon Cantrell beat the dog with a chair. He was staying with a family member up the street.

“Just doing my part,” Cantrell said. “I didn't want the lady to get hurt so I had to do something, think of something.”

Now, neighbors are calling him a hero.

“She would probably be worse off than she is now if he wasn't brave enough to go in there,” Colegrove said.

A spokesperson for High Point police told FOX8 that animal control does have a previous report associated with the address on Proctor Drive. Someone who lived there went to the hospital with a dog bite in 2017.