BRAINERD MN - AN UNLEASHED BULLMASTIFF CHARGED AFTER A SHIH TZU BEING WALKED BY ITS OWNER IN A PARK - THE WOMAN PROTECTED HER LITTLE PET AND HER ARM WAS SEVERELY BITTEN
Police say a 41-year-old Brainerd woman has serious injuries after she was bitten by a BULLMASTIFF at a park during the weekend.
Police say the Jenni Galligan was at Lum Park in Brainerd at 3:30 p.m. Sunday when a dog that wasn’t on a leash charged at her dog. The woman tried to protect her Shih tzu, Harvey, and was bitten in the upper right arm.
"I scooped him up and held him high, the dog got me in the arm, underneath and I crumbled to the ground," Galligan said.
The bite was deep enough that she needed 18 stitches and, likely, a series of rabies shots.
Galligan says a stranger grabbed the 150 pound dog, got in a truck and drove away before anyone could identify him or get his license plate. He’s described as a white man with blond hair and a thin build. He is about 20 to 25 years old and was driving a silver Chevrolet or GMC, possibly a 2000-2005 model.
The dog was described as a Brindle-colored Bullmastiff. Just before the attack, the woman asked the man if the Bullmastiff was friendly, and HE SAID HE DIDN'T KNOW BECAUSE IT HAD JUST COME FROM A SHELTER.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Brainerd Police Department at 218-829-2805.