Blackfoot man faces multiple charges after dogs maul woman and kill her dog

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BLACKFOOT — Authorities said a Blackfoot man is facing multiple misdemeanor charges after his dogs attacked and severely injured a 58-year-old woman and killed her dog.

Troy M. Smith, 47, has been charged with three counts of harboring vicious animals, possessing three or more dogs within city limits and one count of violation of owner restriction. All of these charges of misdemeanors.

Smith has also been charged with three counts of dog at large, a city infraction.

The dog attack occurred at approximately 7:25 p.m. on Sept. 25 in a residential neighborhood on North University Ave. in Blackfoot.

The incident began to unfold when the woman heard a commotion coming from her fenced yard. Police said she exited her residence and immediately saw her dog being fatally attacked by three pit bull mixes.

As she tried to save her canine, the attacking canines turned on her.

A neighbor called 911, and when officers arrived on scene, they found the woman face down on the ground, bleeding from multiple bites wounds, including at least one bite to the face.

To start administering first aid, police shot and killed one of the dogs standing between them and the badly bitten woman. The other two dogs heard the gunshot and fled.

The victim was transported to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls to be treated for his injuries. He has since been released.

After the attack, the two surviving pit bull mixes involved in the attack were quarantined. As of last week, these dogs were still at an animal shelter in Blackfoot.