Family says victim 'died a hero' during dog attack

Tracey Patterson Cornelius, 46, died Wednesday from a dog attack in Guntersville, AL. On Thursday her family told WAAY 31 what happened.

Posted: Nov 30, 2017 5:15 PM
Updated: Nov 30, 2017 8:08 PM

WAAY 31 learned more Thursday about the dog attack in Guntersville that left a woman dead and injured another.

The family of the woman who died in the attack told WAAY 31 Thursday she was related to the owner of those dogs.

The family didn't want to go on camera, but they said the surviving victim was going for a walk right along Jason Rd.  just south of Guntersville when the 4 dogs attacked.

They don't know why they attacked.

At that point, 46 year old Tracey Patterson Cornelius came out of her home to help the woman being attacked by the dogs.

That's when those dogs turned on her and started biting her.

The family said Cornelius's own dog then came out to protect her.

They told WAAY 31 that dog passed away from injuries it sustained during the attack.

The family said that Tracey, "died a hero trying to save someone else."

Marshall County Animal Control told WAAY 31 the 4 dogs responsible for the attack are currently being held at the B&A Animal Hospital in Boaz.

The Marshall County Sheriff's Department said the dogs are likely to be put down.

WAAY 31 did some digging Thursday and we found out that Marshall County only has one Animal Control officer for the entire county.

The County Commission for Marshall County told WAAY 31 that more animal control officers would not have helped in this situation, but he said he's always evaluating staffing levels for county departments. 

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