EAST MEADOW, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island woman who was mauled by two pit bulls in September was released from the hospital today in time to spend Thanksgiving with her family.

Shashi Bala Sharma, 62, has been in the hospital for two months. She was attacked in late September by two, 90-pound pit bulls while she was walking near a school in North Merrick.

“I want to say this from the bottom of my heart that I am highly grateful,” Sharma told reporters, including CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown. Sharma added that she was “still recovering every day.”

Sharma suffered serious lacerations to the head and deep lacerations to the left arm and both legs.

1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria with Sashi Sharma

Sharma was put into a medically induced coma and doctors at Nassau University Medical Center were extremely concerned she might lose her left arm.

Nassau police released this surveillance photo of two pit bulls that attacked a North Merrick woman. (credit: Handout)

Sharma was walking on a track near her Merrick home when the dogs came out of the woods and attacked her — ripping into her arms and legs and tearing skin and muscle from bone as she fought for her life.

“I’ve never seen an animal attack that resulted in this much tissue destruction,” Riina said.

Doctors, however, said Sharma has made an incredible recovery, and not only will she be able to walk again, she will be able to run again if she so chooses, 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported.

Sharma uses a walker and she’ll probably need one more surgery down the road, doctors said. She’ll probably be able to walk without the aid of a walker soon, doctors added.

“I am highly grateful to Dr. Riina and his medical staff,” Sharma said. “Without that today wouldn’t have been possible.”

One of the pit bulls was shot and killed by officers who responded to the scene at the time of the attack. The second dog was shot and killed by police in October.

Police say the animals also attacked a 67-year-old man.

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Comments (9)
  1. Why on Thanksgiving? says:

    Is this her new face transplant?

  2. Meme Meyagi says:

    what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?

  3. Kim says:

    They need to outlaw these dogs here, the way they did in England. The fact of the matter is that people don’t know how to take care of these dogs the right way. If you don’t know how to train them then don’t get them. I read a few years ago about a little boy in Chicago who was mauled to death by pit-bulls and they didn’t find his body until hours later. How many more people have to be mauled and/or killed before people wake up and get rid of them? They weren’t meant for apartments and small yards. Terriers are hunters. They need to be in wide open spaces.

    1. Anne says:

      If someone is driving a Ford truck and injuries or kills another individual walking down the street should the city ban all Ford trucks? Although, your answer might be “yes” considering how you responded about the “dog breed” being the issue; the fact of the matter is that it is the Ford owners responsibility for the injuries or death, just the same as any dog breed owner. The truck didn’t chose to injury or kill the person, it was responding to the owner, the same as a dog responds to the way the owner trained it.

      Any dog breed can be a killer, should we “get rid of” all dog breeds? Ignorant people like you are the reason so many innocent family pets are killed each year. No one wants to take the time to figure out a reasonable solution when we can just wipe the world of them instead.

      For your information, the APBT was breed to be a great family pet. Do your research on what the breed standard is. APBT possess great qualities as long as their owner “chooses” to utilize those qualities. I have two small children and currently own an APBT and two English Mastiffs. If any dog is “raised” right then can make the best pets, to their families and to strangers.

      1. Catherine says:

        This is just about the most idiotic thing I have ever read. NO, you would NOT BAN Ford trucks because a person DRIVING a Ford truck ran someone down. Know why? Because trucks are inanimate objects and without someone operating the truck, it just sits there. A Ford truck doesn’t leave the owner’s property on its own and go out and run someone down! Sheesh!

        You’re right ANY dog can be a killer, but ANY dog isn’t a killer — pit bulls are killers. Of the 22 people killed by dogs in the US so far this year, pit bulls have killed 16 of them despite the fact that according to dog registrations, it is estimated that pit bulls make up less than 5% of the US dog population.

        Every pit bull owner whose 4-legged shark kills or maims a child always says the dog had never shown any signs of aggression before and they’re telling the truth. Most pit bulls that kill family members had never even growled at anyone in the family until the day it snapped and killed someone. When your fleabag with all those “great” qualities rips one of your children apart, I’ve no doubt you will say the same thing.

  4. brooklyn4ever says:

    A pit bull is no more a dangerous breed than a poodle. It is how the dog is raised. My cousin has a pit bull and it is as dumb as a box of nails and hides when the door opens. It wouldn’t attack you anymore than a goldfish would. I blame the viciousness of the breed solely on the owner not on the breed itself. Any animal can be trained to maul and kill. I hope that this lady does regain a normal life.

  5. Amtracmarine says:

    Pit Bulls can be great dogs but I find that “Some” of the people that own then get a kick out of turning them into overly aggresive animals. Also lots of these dogs are not bought from breeders but from knuckleheads and are inbread. It’s a shame the these dogs are getting such a bad rap because dumb-a*sed humans.

  6. Surfin Bird says:

    Did she provoke the dogs?

  7. A "Going Postal" Worker says:

    I do not understand why this is not a criminal investigation.

    If people are too screwed up to stop their animals from attacking people, or are simply too stupid to properly train and care for VERY DANGEROUS breeds, the useless fools who owned this dog should be in jail!!!

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