Owner thankful victims of dog attack survived

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Updated: 4/01/2013 6:13 pm Published: 4/01/2013 4:12 pm

North Tulsa --

The owner of a dog that attacked two women in north Tulsa is speaking about what happened that day.

She told FOX23’s Sharon Phillips this has been extremely difficult for her.

Janice Woodward’s dog was killed after attacking two women and during that attack she had a heart attack and also ended up in the hospital.

Woodward told FOX23 it was a normal day and as she was working around the house she heard a knock. 

“It was latched and she walked up to the door and of course he went nuts," says Woodard.

Woodward says she was startled to see her dog, Cookie Joe, lunge at the door and burst outside.

Beverly Wright and Irene Parker came to the house as Jehovah’s Witnesses to minister, and were stunned when the 80 pound dog began attacking them.

“I’m out here with a ball bat trying to bash his head in and it scared the crap out of me truthfully,” said Woodward.

She was trying to get the dog off of the women when Mike Harrell heard the screams.
“All of sudden we hear this blood curdling scream and I just immediately jumped in my truck and drove right over," he says.

Harrell saw the dog attacking the women and started rattling the fence to try and get the dog to stop.
But Cookie Joe wouldn’t stop and Harrell knew he had to do something so he asked Woodward if he could shoot the dog, and she said yes.

Although she misses her pet, Woodward told FOX23 she feels terrible about what happened, and is thankful the two women are still alive.

As for the victims, Beverly Wright is now out of the hospital and Harrell says he talked to Irene who was in good spirits.

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