Passer-by kills dog as it attacks Iowa woman, 77

DES MOINES, Iowa – A good Samaritan armed with a pocketknife stabbed a dog to death as it was attacking a 77-year-old woman in her front yard, officials said.

Ann Lyon, who was with her own dog Sunday when an American bulldog attacked, was wearing a leather coat that protected her from serious injury, authorities in Council Bluffs said.

Lyon said Monday that the bulldog knocked her to the ground and then went after her dog Casey, a 4-year-old miniature Doberman pinscher.

“My main concern was that dog was so big and so heavy that I know if he got ahold of Casey that would have been it for her,” she said. “I was trying to shield her from this dog and he was all over me.”

She estimated the attacking dog weighed about 90 pounds.

Kevin Daub told Omaha, Neb., television station WOWT that he stopped his truck and jumped out when he noticed the bulldog attack Lyon.

“I just heard her screaming ‘Help! help me! help me!’ so I ran over and tried pulling it off her,” he said. He grew tired while struggling with the dog, so he pulled out his pocketknife and killed it, he said.

A telephone message left for Daub by The Associated Press on Monday was not immediately returned.

The dead dog was to be tested for rabies.

Galen Barrett, Council Bluffs chief animal control officer, said the bulldog was properly licensed and had not caused any problems before it got off its owner’s property.

The name of the dog’s owner, who lives in the same neighborhood as Lyon, was not released. The investigation was continuing, Barrett said. He said charges, if filed, could range from a dog at large to harboring a dangerous dog, both misdemeanors punishable by fines.

Authorities said Lyon didn’t require medical care. Her dog also was uninjured.

Said Lyon: “The only thing I could think of was covering my dog so he wouldn’t kill her.”

(This version CORRECTS breed of woman’s dog from Rottweiler mix to miniature Doberman pinscher.)

 

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