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Elderly Couple Attacked by Dog

(La Porte County, IN) - A 67-year-old Michigan City area woman out for a walk with her husband wound up in the emergency room after being bitten by a dog.


According to La Porte County Police, an officer was called Friday just before 6 p.m. to Franciscan Health near Interstate 94 whereTheresa Hanske was being treated at the hospital for broken skin bleeding from her buttocks as a result of the bite.


Hanske told police she and her husband were walking on 200 North and once reaching 950 West they began to head back to their house. The leashed dog, a four-year-old English Mastiff, pulled hard away from her owner and ran toward the couple.  “Daisy” tried biting the man at his waist, then charged toward Hanske and bit her on the back side.


Police said Melissa Novak, 46, told investigators she was in her driveway with the leash in her hand but could not hold the dog when “Daisy” pulled away. She was able to quickly regain control of the dog after Hanske was injured.


According to police, the owner was able to prove her dog was current on her rabies vaccinations.

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