Penny Duncklee, an 84-year-old artist, is a ‘one tough cookie’ after losing her arm in dog attack

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After suffering a vicious attack by pit bulls, the beloved 84-year old artist is now in good spirits and recovering. “I’m one tough cookie,”She told her family.

Penny Duncklee, a Las Cruces, New Mexico watercolorist, is well-known in her region. According to her family, she is also a keen photographer and can forecast the weather. 

“The force and sheer violence needed to do this … and to endure it… and survive… it’s almost unimaginable,”Her son wrote on the a GoFundMeThis page was created to assist with rehabilitation costs. “Seeing your mom like this… sometimes it’s tough. Knowing all the amazing things she’s done that were a direct result of her hands,”Dave Crowell

The initial thought was that two dogs attacked the woman in front her home. But, Las Cruces police confirmed that it was a pit bull who was the only attacker. According to a local investigation, the dog is now being quarantined with Animal Control workers.

“I picture her smile and I know that she’ll take on this next adventure with her inspiring zest for life and I know she’ll be ok. That eases my mind a bit,”Her son wrote.

Duncklee said her son that she didn’t feel low about herself and has instead focused on being. “eager to learn to do things with her left hand. So far, she’s been practicing signing her name and washing her face.”

The artist was previously a potter and a photographer whose work appeared in magazines and newspapers.

Her son expressed gratitude for all of the good wishes.

“Thank you for sending your love, thoughts, prayers, and offers of help. All the messages are being passed along to Mum. Her voice perks up when she hears them and she says, ‘For little ‘ol me? Oh, how nice of them,'”He wrote.