Portage police shoot dog that attacked woman and her dog
By Christin Nance Lazerus firstname.lastname@example.org April 15, 2011 3:30PM
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
A woman suffered injuries to her knees and right hand when she tried to prevent a bulldog-mix from attacking her Labrador on Friday afternoon in Portage.
The 52-year-old woman was transported to Porter hospital Portage campus for treatment. The woman’s dog suffered bite wounds to its throat, rib cage and rear legs. It was taken to Vale Park Animal Hospital.
Residents called police when they heard the woman crying and screaming for help. An officer found her covered in blood and holding onto a large dog by its collar, saying that the dog she was holding attacked her and the Labrador.
Around 1:13 p.m., the woman was walking her German shepherd in the parking lot of the Real Life Community Church, 3134 Swanson Road. The shepherd/American bulldog-mix ran toward them from an unsecured back yard on Redwood Avenue, and it started attacking her dog. The woman tried to prevent her dog from being hurt, but she ended up suffering bites to her hands and knees.
“She was bit pretty bad,” said Portage Police Sgt. Keith Hughes.
When the officer tried to take control of the large dog, it got loose and began acting aggressively toward the officer and the victim. An officer shot the dog several times. The dog ran from the scene and was hiding under a deck of a house.
Officers were waiting for the arrival of Portage Animal Control when the dog again made aggressive movements toward police again and it was shot again.
It succumbed to its injuries in the back yard of the house where it lived. Officers found that a section of the wood fence had been knocked down or blown down by wind gusts, which allowed the dog to escape. The dog’s owners weren’t aware the dog had escaped.