SOMERSET, Mass. — A woman in Somerset died Friday night after being attacked by the family dog while she was having a seizure, according to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office.
Melissa Astacio, 44, was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital where she died at 6:20 p.m. Family members said she was known to suffer from seizures.
The DA said Astacio’s daughter called 911 just before 5:30 p.m. to report the seizure. After arriving on scene at Lees River Avenue, police had to use a Taser on the 8-year-old pit bull.
Astacio’s neighbor Michael Viveiros said people carried Melissa over their shoulder and didn’t wait for a stretcher because "she was bleeding pretty bad and they wanted to get her help as quick as possible.”
A close family friend said the dog was protective of Astacio and never left her side. The pit bull is now in quarantine at Swansea Animal Rescue.
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