Woman mauled by two Great Danes in Henderson Co.

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Scene of attack off Poteat Street Ext. in Fletcher (WLOS)

HENDERSON COUNTY, N.C. — A Fletcher woman is fighting to stay alive after police say she was mauled by a pair of Great Danes Monday morning.

According to WLOS, the dogs belong to the victim’s relatives who live nearby.

Officials say 58-year-old Gail Lanning entered the fenced-in yard just before 9:30 a.m. and was viciously attacked by the dogs.

A neighbor saw the attack and called 911. When police arrived, the dogs were no longer attacking Lanning and she was found on the ground.

Lanning was taken to Mission Hospital where she is in critical condition.

The two dogs are currently quarantined at the Henderson County Animal Shelter.

There are no details on why the dogs may have attacked.

Source: WLOS


  • FaithC

    “There are details on why the dogs may have attacked.”

    …but they are not telling us. Or it could be they do not proofread.

  • Kathy M

    I’ve had great danes all my life, never had one vicious..I know all dogs can be.just upon looking, I see the fence is very high….. this seems like an emotional reaction plug at a story… two things do stand out in this “story”..”fenced yard was entered”, and “reasons”. I’ll stay out of both.. praying for her healing!

  • Dawn

    There has to be more to this story. I have breed and raised Great Danes for 10 plus years. I have never seen one that has been vicious

  • JT

    As an owner of a large-breed dog, I can tell you that Kathy M has a point–you need a high fence; this is responsible dog ownership 101. Additionally, at least in my case, the breed I own is VERY territorial. We do have warning signs up on the fence to advise people NOT to enter unattended. And while my dog is very affectionate to us, friends and family while we are home, I have advised friends and family NOT to enter the gate when we are not home. Like I said, many large breeds are territorial, and if you enter their territory, there is a possibility you will not be leaving unscathed.

  • Diane Purcell

    Just like any breed of dog, if you’re going to enter their territory, they will protect it – particularly when there is more than one. It just takes one of them to feel antagonized and the other will follow suit. Unusual to hear of Danes doing this (or at least it being reported when it’s not one of the more notorious breeds i.e. pitts, rotties, etc) but one should NEVER enter an animals territory without being aware of the risks involved. My dog (different breed) is super friendly around us – but protective of her home and family. They’re dogs – it’s what they do.

  • Belenda Slate

    This just makes no sense to me. I have owned Great Danes for a lot of years and in fences and in my home and never had one to act this way. Makes mw wonder what she did to make them angry!! Danes are the most kindest and sweet dogs on the planet

  • David T.

    Maybe they attached due to her entering their enclosure ? Dogs are known to be great protectors. Bout time folks realize it is not always the dogs fault nor a specific breed. Lookout Great Danes will be on the dangerous dog list now.

  • Becky

    I was jumped on by my son’s Great Dane. The Great Dane also attacked other dog in the same home that was in the middle of a seizure!

  • Debbie

    My daughter just got a Great Dane pup for Christmas. It was born on my Grandsons Birthday. They will be 4 months. On the 17th. While I’m not familiar with the breed, I pray this was an isolated incident and my daughter is safe with her dog. Like others said before ALL dogs have the ability to bite. My German Shepherd is a big baby but who knows what he’s capable of if provoked. Praying the woman makes a speedy recovery.

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