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Woman seriously injured in Barnstable dog attack

A 61-year-old woman suffered serious injuries Sunday morning when she was attacked by her son’s American bulldog outside her home in Barnstable, according to officials.

The woman was transported by Medflight to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence with injuries that were severe but not life-threatening, Barnstable Fire Department Acting Captain Robert Cecil said in a phone interview.

A neighbor called police at 11:34 a.m. to report a dog attack at 93 Deacon Court, Officer Jonathan Pass said. The officers arrived to find the woman lying on the front lawn with dog bite marks on her left leg and right arm, Sergeant Thomas M. Twomey said in a statement.

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A police officer secured a tourniquet to the woman’s leg, while emergency medical responders placed another tourniquet on her arm, Twomey said. She was then taken by ambulance to the medical helicopter, Cecil said.

Pass said he did not know what caused the bulldog to attack the woman and that the department was not aware of any prior problems with the animal.

The dog was put into the custody of Barnstable Animal Control and the Barnstable Natural Resources department. Pass said he did not know what would happen to the dog.


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