92-year-old woman mauled by dogs dies early Tuesday

Gladys Alexander, 94, died Tuesday after she was mauled by four dogs in Thurston County.
Gladys Alexander, 94, died Tuesday after she was mauled by four dogs in Thurston County. Courtesy

A 92-year-old woman mauled by a pack of dogs died early Tuesday, according to her family.

Gladys Alexander suffered injuries Sunday when she entered a neighbor’s home on Entrée View Drive and was attacked by up to four mixed-breed dogs that were part pit bull.

Her son, Wayne Alexander, of Kent, said the attack came as a shock — but he said he was glad his mother died relatively quickly.

“Given the circumstances, with what has happened, that’s what was best for her,” Wayne Alexander said. “At her age, with those injuries, she was never going to make a full recovery.”

He said his mother suffered two broken bones in one arm and a broken bone in one leg as a result of dog bites. She also suffered severe injuries to her skull and lost a lot of blood.

She died just before noon, Wayne Alexander said.

“It’s a sad time for our family,” he said. “We can’t believe the way it happened. You don’t expect these kinds of things to happen around here.”

Gladys Alexander was a longtime resident of Scott Lake, and lived in the same house since 1972, her son said.

She was born in Arkansas and served with the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II. She met her husband, and the couple moved to Shelton in 1969. They then moved to Scott Lake.

Wayne Alexander said his father died 13 years ago. Gladys Alexander is survived by three children, two of whom live in California.

“She was an active woman,” Wayne Alexander said. “She was small, but very active.”

Sgt. Tim Rudloff, of the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, said no criminal charges will be filed as a result of the mauling, or Gladys Alexander’s death.

One dog belonged to the neighbor, who was temporarily caring for the other three dogs. The neighbor has regularly assisted Gladys Alexander with day-to-day tasks, and the neighbors often went back and forth to each other’s houses.

The neighbor was running an errand when Alexander let herself into the house Sunday. The neighbor returned home during the attack, restrained the dogs and called for medical help.

The dog belonging to the neighbor has been surrendered for euthanization. The other dogs are in custody at Thurston County Animal Services, and officials are trying to contact the owner.

According to the sheriff’s office, two dogs are a mix of pit bull, heeler and labrador. One dog is a pit bull and Labrador mix, while the other is a pit bull and heeler mix. During quarantine, animal services will determine whether the dogs should be classified as dangerous.

Amelia Dickson: 360-754-5445, @Amelia_Oly