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Woman dies after Central Kentucky pit bull attack

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Dogs bite 4.5 million people annually, reports the CDC. Each year, more than 6,000 letter carriers will be victims of dog attacks.
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Dogs bite 4.5 million people annually, reports the CDC. Each year, more than 6,000 letter carriers will be victims of dog attacks.

A 45-year-old woman died after she was attacked by a pit bull in Clark County, according to the Fayette County Coroner’s Office.

April Collins was discovered unresponsive by her husband Thursday at 6:30 p.m. when he arrived at their Verna Drive home in Winchester, Clark County Sheriff Berl Perdue said. The woman was transported to Clark Regional Medical Center and later taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where she died Friday, Perdue said.

Collins suffered face, neck, arm and shoulder injuries, Perdue said.

No one was in the home except Collins and the dog, which she and her husband owned, according to the sheriff. The dog was taken to a local animal shelter, Perdue said.

Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn said he determined her injuries were a result of the dog attack but the specific cause of death is pending autopsy results.

The dog bit Collins and her husband the day before the fatal attack, Perdue told WKYT, the Herald-Leader’s reporting partner. The news station also reported that Collins had to go to the hospital after a separate previous attack by the dog, which is almost two years old.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate.

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