A funeral is planned for Friday, Sept. 6, for 19-year-old Adrieanna McKenna O’Shea, who died last week after being attacked by dogs in South Knox County.
The former Heritage High School cheerleader was at a residence on Crescent Drive shortly before 2 p.m. Aug. 23 when the attack occurred, according to Knox County Sheriff’s Office reports.
Jordan Chapman told deputies O’Shea was coming to her residence to pick up a purse she had forgotten the night before when Chapman heard O’Shea say, “No Boscoe,” and then start screaming, “Help me!”
Chapman ran to the door and saw four to five dogs attacking O’Shea, she told deputies.
On social media her first name is spelled Jordyn, but it is Jordan in the KCSO reports. A spokeswoman for KCSO has not responded to questions from The Daily Times about the investigation.
One deputy said he had to shoot a dog, later identified as a mastiff/lab named Duke, because it was charging at first responders and trying to attack them.
O’Shea had multiple bite wounds all over her body and had lost a lot of blood, the sheriff’s office reported. The dogs also tore her clothes off during the attack.
The teen was unresponsive when she was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center.
Four other dogs were taken to Young Williams Animal Center and euthanized Wednesday, Aug. 28, after owner Rodnee Herald signed the paperwork. They were a mastiff named Boscoe, Rottweiler/lab named Buddy, a mastiff/lab named Camo, and a 4-month-old pit bull named Nila.
A Pom-chi dog was inside and not involved in the incident.
Herald told deputies the dogs were not up to date with rabies vaccines, and according to the reports, the health department required rabies testing after they were euthanized.
Tennessee state law requires dogs and cats to have rabies vaccines.
Herald told deputies the dogs belonged to her, her husband and son, Franklin D. Herald II and Franklin D. Herald III, and the dogs were “doing their job.”
Herald and her son told deputies the dogs were contained by an invisible fence around the house and rental trailers, and deputies noted a yellow wire that was on top of the ground.
Rodnee Herald told the deputies her son had trained one of the dogs to attack when a gun was pointed at it, but not the dog an officer shot.
A funeral for O’Shea will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at Memorial Funeral Home in Maryville. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 5, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Memorial Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.