Charlotte Ambrose is well-known for walking every day from Somerset to Paonia. The thin English woman, who came to the U.S. as a war bride, has lunch at the Paonia Senior Center and visits local shops before heading back home.
She walks the route Monday through Friday and often receives a lift from friends and acquaintances.
Raye Ann Campbell, who formerly lived in Paonia and Hawks Nest, was someone who would stop regularly to give Charlotte a ride into town. They became good friends. Raye Ann, who now lives in Texas, was very concerned to learn that her 80-year-old friend was in St. Mary's Hospital recovering from seven dog bites following an attack by several dogs in Somerset.
Randy Barnes, Gunnison County Undersheriff, said the incident happened on April 4. Ambrose was bitten on both legs. The police report says she threw rocks at several dogs who were attacking her, and that another person with a baseball bat came to her aid. The owner of the dogs was given a summons regarding the incident.
Raye Ann talks with Charlotte frequently and with Charlotte's son who lives in another state. Neither Raye Ann nor Charlotte's son know of anyone coming to Charlotte's aid.
Raye Ann says Charlotte was walking her dog in Somerset when three dogs, including a pit bull, bit Charlotte on both legs. Charlotte managed to get back home and called 911. Raye Ann is angered that Charlotte was transported by ambulance from Somerset to Grand Junction and not flown by helicopter. Because of the severity of the wounds, Charlotte is still hospitalized, but there are plans to transfer her to Paonia Care and Rehabilitation Center when she is better.
Charlotte has told Raye Ann that she has had trouble with the pit bull previously.
"She didn't deserve this," Raye Ann said. She described Charlotte as a gentle woman who wouldn't hurt anyone.
Raye Ann has spoken with the Gunnison Sheriff's Department and was told that because Somerset is not incorporated there are no town regulations about dogs.blog comments powered by Disqus