75-year-old woman dies after being attack by dog she adopted

The victim, Louise Hermida, lived at 38-07 27 St. Police said they responded to a 911 call there just before 1 a.m. and found her unconscious and unresponsive, with trauma to her upper torso.

An elderly woman from Queens was killed and her son with special needs was mauled by the dog she had recently adopted from the ASPCA.

She was taken to NewYork Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center but pronounced dead there.

Her autistic son, 39-year-old Daniel Ferraro, was attacked in the left leg by the dog and was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

WABC says the woman had planned to return the dog, a mastiff, to a shelter on Monday because of its aggressive tendencies.

It wasn't immediately clear when the dog was adopted or what would happen to it.

'I never knew if they were baby-sitting the dogs - they were always walking the dogs up and down, ' Vontas said.

The medical examiner will determine the cause of death and the investigation is ongoing.

Depending on its gender, a mastiff can grow to more than 200 pounds.

  • Leroy Wright