Grans foot amputated after horror attack by neighbours rampaging pit bull

A 78-year-old grandmother had to have one of her feet amputated after she and her husband were horrifically attacked by her neighbour's rampaging pit bull.

Bobby Joyner, 82, and Annie Joyner, 78, were out for a Sunday stroll near their home in Rocky Mount, North Carolina when an "adrenaline" filled dog broke from its harness and attacked them.

The pit bull made a beeline for the elderly couple, causing severe but non-life-threatening injuries. A responding police officer was also bitten on the thigh.

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The Joyners remain in hospital while the policewoman was treated and released soon after.

The officer fired her gun towards the dog twice – but it lived. It was later euthanized at the discretion of the owner's grandmother, who owns the property where the attack took place.

Julie Proctor, long-time neighbour of the couple, said the dog had been on a leash and harness in the yard.

"He backed out of the harness somehow. I guess the adrenaline in him," Proctor told local news. "That's why they think he was not on his harness, but he wasn't."

She continued: "Being a pit bull, he was just very protective of his property and people, and I hate it more than anybody that it happened."

"They euthanized him. My grandson's very upset, but I didn't know what else to do."

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When asked if she felt like she shouldered some of the blame for the attack, Proctor said: "No, not really because like I said, [the dog] was harnessed and leashed in his yard."

Officials said the dog had been running loose in the city beforehand, a violation of a city ordinance.

Melissa Joyner, the couple's daughter, said she is still in shock.

"I'm like kind of still in shock a little bit. I know my sister is too, but we're just going to be here with my parents as long as they need," she told WRAL News.

"I mean, I have dogs too, and we love dogs, so, in our eyes, it's really not the dog's fault. The owner needed to be more responsible."

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