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Dog attack survivor speaks out after returning to Grover Beach home

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An 86-year-old Grover Beach woman who survived a vicious dog attack back in December is sharing her story.
 
Both Betty Long and her 64-year-old neighbor, David Fear, were attacked outside their homes on Nacimiento Avenue. 
 
Fear was killed in the attack. The dog's owner, former Grover Beach Police Officer Alex Geiger, has since been charged with two felonies. 
 
"I know I'm going to be able to do everything I did before," said Long on Wednesday, more than two months after she suffered severe injuries. 
 
She's come a long way since that attack. 
 
"I was able to call 911 and I told them that the dogs were eating us," said Long. "At one time, I thought I was dying." 

Fear, who did not survive the attack, was very close with Long. They first met when he was a teenager and she was working as a bank teller. 

Later, they ended up being next-door neighbors for 17 years. He still called her his banker. 
 
"We used to do barbecues and we're still going to be neighbors that are going to support each other," she said. 

With the help of a cane, Long is able to get around. Good news for her, since she was very independent prior to the attack.   

"Even though it's hard and painful, if you put your mind to it, you can do it," she said. 
 
Long broke her pelvis. She also had to have her shoulder replaced. 
 
Returning home Sunday and seeing where the attack happened was a challenge. 

"I couldn't believe what had happened there," she said. 

But she's taking it one day at a time.

"Whatever I'm doing, it seems like I can think about Dave and if it's a hard time, I can think Dave will get me through this," she concluded. 
 
Long says many people from her high school years have reached out. Also, she's learned many people she doesn't even know have prayed for her. She says she's learned how strong she is through all this.
 
Long is going to have home health care for a while as she continues to recover.

Alex Geiger is free on $20,000 bail and is due back in court on March 20. If convicted of failing to maintain control of a dangerous animal, he faces nearly four years behind bars. 

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