Colleagues rally behind local realtor badly injured in pit bull attack

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) The real estate community is rallying behind a Waco realtor badly injured in a horrific dog attack back on Dec. 29 while she was showing a home to a potential buyer, who was also attacked.

Shannon Gamble, friends say, nearly lost her life after two pit bulls attacked her as she opened a garage door to show the garage to the potential buyer. (Courtesy photo)

Coworkers and friends are planning a benefit on Sunday in Waco at the Backyard Bar & Grill for realtor Shannon Gamble who, friends say, nearly lost her life after two pit bulls attacked her as she opened a garage door to show the garage to the potential buyer.

Not many details of the attack have been shared publicly because the case remains under investigation, but the website for the fundraiser says that "Waco realtor Shannon Gamble was showing a home to a potential buyer, Cindy, and her boyfriend, Brian, when they were viciously attacked by two, large pit bull dogs."

"The attack was a complete shock and surprise. There were no signs or notes anywhere on the property that indicated the presence of dogs. Likewise, the seller's agent did not notify Shannon of the presence of any dogs on the property,” the post said.

Leslie Edwards with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, Edward's & Associates says her coworker and friend barely survived the attack.

Graphic photographs of Gamble’s injuries left the real estate community in shock.

"This has affected the entire real estate community," Edwards said.

"We are a very large community. Lenders, bankers, insurance people, surveyors, appraisers, anybody that actually goes on to a property. This really hit home for them."

And that’s why many of those in the same line of work are coming together to organize the fundraiser to help with medical expenses and lost wages not only for Gamble, but also the buyer and a neighbor who came to their aid.

"The buyer, he came to her rescue immediately," Edwards said.

"He lost his ear and got 37 staples and he was being overtaken by the animals and then a second hero, was a neighbor who heard the commotion from several doors down."

The fundraiser, which runs from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, will include live music, a silent auction and a raffle in which tickets will be sold for $25 each or five for $100, the prize for which is a guitar autographed by the original members of the band Fleetwood Mac donated by Waco Realtor Brian Townley.

"The amazing Brian Townley. That's what makes this guitar so special, because it is signed by all five original members, which you're not going to have that opportunity again because one of the members is no longer with them," Edwards said.

"We have a certificate of authenticity so this is a very, very special item."

Tickets may be purchased online.