Caretaker charged after dogs maul Frankfort woman in her front yard

jwarren@herald-leader.comApril 28, 2014 

A Frankfort woman was mauled by several dogs while she was in her front yard, and on Monday, charges were filed against the man responsible for the dogs, Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said.

Melton said the victim, Heather Moore, was released Sunday from University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where she was treated after the about 10:20 p.m. Saturday at Moore's home in the 400 block of Glat Creek Road, officials said.

Moore suffered extensive injuries to her arms, legs and head, including an area on her head where the skin was pulled away, Melton said.

"Fortunately, she's going to be OK," he said Monday. "We're just very grateful that it was not a child, because I don't think a child could have survived what this lady went through."

The owner of the dogs is incarcerated, and a man named Gayle Abrams had been taking care of them, Melton said. The dogs apparently were allowed to run free at night. On Monday, Abrams was charged with three counts of allowing an animal to run at large and three counts of harboring a vicious animal.

Moore was attacked by three or four dogs, including a German shepherd and as many as three pit bulls. Two passersby intervened and managed to drive off the dogs, Melton said. When one man went to a nearby firehouse to get help, at least one dog chased him.

Melton said he had "no idea" what triggered the attack on Moore. There is no indication she was doing anything to incite the animals, he said.

Later Saturday, animal control workers caught most of the dogs thought to be involved in the attack, Melton said. Authorities were looking for a third pit bull.

Melton was unsure whether there had been previous complaints about the dogs.

Staff writer Karla Ward contributed to this report.Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255.

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