12 October 2006
Thankful to be Alive
Dana Austin, girls’ coach at Spring Garden High School, was jogging
down Cherokee County Road 175 when five dogs attacked her. They started nipping at her feet and ankles, but when they broke skin
and got the scent of blood, Austin was suddenly in a fight for her life.
Austin spent two days at Jacksonville Medical
Center and faces more surgery this week. The five dogs are currently in quarantine at a vets’ office through the
middle of October.
Austin was a stellar basketball player at Spring Garden High School and later
at Jacksonville State University along with her twin sister, Jana. Dana and Jana
later coached at Jacksonville State. Jana is still a coach there, but Dana left
to return to her high school alma mater to coach along side her husband, Ricky
“I’ve had dogs run at me before, but I can usually scare them away by
clapping my hands or something. It just didn’t work this time.”
See story at The Jacksonville News's website: www.jaxnews.com
Note: JSU faculty, staff and students may access The
Jacksonville News online through their affiliation with the University.
Those not affiliated with JSU may have to subscribe to receive The
Jacksonville News online. If you already subscribe to The Jacksonville
News, you receive a complimentary online membership. This provides
complete access to all the content and services of the site at no
additional charge. Otherwise there is an online monthly charge for
their online service. Contact The Jacksonville News for information.
for news releases by using the request form at www.jsu.edu/newswire/request.