June 23, 2011 - A 36-year-old woman remained in the hospital in serious condition after surgery Tuesday night to repair deep cuts from an unprovoked attack at the Kaneohe Bay sandbar by a 130 pound BULL MASTIFF. Tuesday afternoon the victim was setting an anchor when the dog from a recreational boat 100 yards away jumped on her and dragged her underwater.. She had injuries to her ear, back of her neck, and on top of her head.
The woman is a veteran crew member of the Dreamer Yacht Charters. The captain of the chartered yacht grabbed a bullhorn to alert the dog owner and jumped into the water to help the victim. Rob Mathews, operations manager of Dreamer said that if this had been a child, the results would have been completely catastrophic and that he sees children at the sandbar everyday. Two dogs were not on a leash and ran down but it was the Bull Mastiff that attacked her.
The woman described as 5 feet 4 inches and 130 pounds, was in stable condition and is recovering but remains hospitalized with the concern of infections. She is still very traumatized .
The incident highlights yet another gray area when it comes to enforcing rules at the popular sandbar.
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources is continuing an investigation of the attack at the sandbar, which falls under state jurisdiction. Spokeswoman Deborah Ward said the dog was released to its owner after the attack because the state doesn't have rules relating to dangerous dogs.
(Woman Mauled by Bullmastiff at Kaneohe Sandbar)