Woman mauled by friend’s dogs in Connecticut dies

Posted at 6:15 PM, Jun 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-28 18:15:47-04

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A woman who was mauled by her friend’s dogs at his Connecticut home has died from her injuries and the animals that attacked her will be put down, PIX11 News’ sister station FOX61 reports.

The dogs’ owner, Dr. Hamilton Hicks, had brought his friend Jocelyn Winfrey to his home on Ella Grasso Boulevard the night of June 20.

As soon as they stepped onto the property, the dogs pounced. Winfrey, 53, was injured so severely, she lost both eyes and a leg. She died from her injuries on Monday, exactly one week after the attack.

(Photo: WFSB via CNN; Inset via FOX61 Connecticut)

(Photo: WFSB via CNN; Inset via FOX61 Connecticut)

Hicks was arrested at the scene and charged with misdemeanor possession because he was allegedly carrying crack cocaine, FOX61 reports.

Hicks, who works at the Yale School of Medicine, will not face additional charges now that his friend has died, the station reports.

Assistant Police Chief Anthony Campbell told FOX61 there’s a clear reason for this.

“There was not an issue of animal abuse. The dogs were not roaming. From our understanding, of the circumstances, he didn’t use the dogs as a weapon,” Campbell said.

However, Hicks’ dogs will be put down. They are set to be euthanized on July 6, animal control officers told FOX61. Until then they are being held in quarantine, as per state law.

Police initially described the dogs as pit bulls, but later amended that to say they are bulldog mixes, according to FOX61.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help Winfrey’s family pay for end-of-life expenses, including her funeral.