Dog attacks Grandmother in Kamloops
Sep 5, 2012 / 10:37 am
An 84-year-old Kamloops woman is recovering after an attack by a Rottweiler dog that shredded her left arm.
Mary Gural needed 98 stitches to treat bites from her wrist to elbow, and the dog -- which also attacked a letter carrier in June -- has been seized pending an investigation by police and bylaws staff.
RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned said a 27-year-old friend of the dog's owner who was looking after the female Rottweiler had left it outside a McDonald's on Sunday when it attacked Gural as she left the restaurant with her husband.
"I said to my husband, `I don't like the looks of that dog,"' Gural said as she recalled the attack. "Next thing I knew, (it) was flying at me."
Gural said the attack happened so fast, she has little recollection.
"Luckily, I put my arm up. Otherwise, (it) would have had my face," she said.
She was thankful for the crowd of people that pulled the dog off her and for a McDonald's employee who looked after her wound until paramedics came. "It happened so fast, I don't think I felt the pain when it was biting me," she said.
Learned said on June 1, the Rottweiler was reported to have bitten postal carrier Ken Leblanc at its owner's home.
Leblanc's wife, Patricia Nauss, said her husband's left arm had bone-deep puncture wounds from wrist to elbow, as well as scrape marks from the dog's teeth.
"They promised us the dog would be kept in a special cage," she said.
Fines under the Kamloops animal control bylaw are expected, and the dog may be euthanized at the end of the investigation.
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