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‘My mom was just eaten by the dog’: Lewisville woman’s future uncertain after pet turned and attacked her

Tya Lucas and Tana Dollar

Tya Lucas and her daughter, Tana Dollar, sit in her hospital bed on June 2 at Medical City Denton. Lucas and Dollar are still lighthearted despite the hardship they’ve faced since Lucas’ injuries from a dog attack.

With one small gesture, Tya Lucas had her life forever altered. Her job prospects, financial stability and emotional well-being now hang in the balance.

On May 16, Lucas, 40, was viciously attacked by a dog. Medical professionals told her she’s lucky to be alive. And though she lived, she’ll have both physical and mental scars to remind her of the near-death experience.


Hercules was a large pit bull the Dollars found on the side of the road. The family said while he was never abused in their household, there were signs of abuse from whoever owned Hercules before them.

Tya Lucas arm

A photo shows Tya Lucas’ right arm after the attack. The areas covered by black dressing are where she lost flesh and muscle.

A photo shows Tya Lucas hooked up to a ventilator at Medical City Denton. Lucas was in the hospital for 19 days after a dog attack.

BROOKE COLOMBO can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @brookecolombo.