UPDATE: A Muncie woman who suffered a severe facial wound Wednesday when attacked by a dog was released following treatment at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. The 83-year-old victim apparently received more than 60 stitches, according to Phil Peckinpaugh, superintendent of the Muncie Animal Shelter.
Police were called to a home in the 3200 block of East Chippewa Lane shortly after noon Wednesday, when a woman reported her dog had attacked her mother. In a report, an officer wrote that he “could see that part of (the victim’s) face around the right jaw was missing.
”The dog’s owner said her mother was bending over to pick up groceries when the dog “jumped up, grabbed the right side of (the victim’s) face and began shaking its head, ripping off a portion of (flesh).”
The senior citizen was taken to the hospital by ambulance.The dog — A MALE PIT BULL MIX NAMED CESAR, WEIGHING ABOUT 75 POUNDS, according to Peckinpaugh — was taken to the animal shelter. It will be euthanized after a 10-day quarantine.
A Muncie woman was seriously injured Wednesday when she was bitten in the face by a family member's dog.
City police Capt. Steve Cox said the attack took place shortly after noon in a home in the 3200 block of South Chippewa Lane.
The victim, believed to be a senior citizen, reportedly bent over — "to pick something up or put something away," Cox said — when a dog belonging to her daughter suddenly lunged at the woman, biting her face.
The police captain said the attack "removed a part of her cheek." The woman was taken to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. Her injuries were "fairly significant," but not believed to be life-threatening, Cox said.
The dog was placed in the custody of the Muncie Animal Shelter. Phil Peckinpaugh, shelter director, said the canine's owner had surrendered the animal, expected to be euthanized after a 10-day quarantine.
Peckinpaugh said he did not have information about the dog's size, gender or breed.