A husband and a wife in their 30s were taken by ambulance to the hospital this morning after both were bitten by a dog.
A 911 call about a dog bite was placed from a residence in the 10000 block of State Road 161 at 10 a.m., according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.
An initial dispatch advised there had been amputated fingers but, once Holland Volunteer Fire Department first responders arrived at the scene south of County Road 1025S, authorities learned that was not the case.
Information provided to deputies indicated two dogs began fighting at the residence. A 36-year-old woman attempted to break up the dog fight and was bitten on the forearm. Her 38-year-old husband also attempted to break up the dogs and was bitten on a finger.
The sheriff’s department reported the man was forced to shoot the aggressive dog to prevent further injuries to people and animals.
The aggressive dog that died at the scene was reported to be a PIT BULL. The sheriff’s department said the status of the dog’s vaccinations is unknown at this time. The deceased dog will be examined to rule out the possibility of rabies, according to the sheriff’s department.
The owner of the dog was bitten on the left pinky finger, according to the sheriff’s department. The owner’s wife was bitten, much more severely, on the left forearm, the sheriff’s department said.
Both victims were taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital for treatment. The incident remains under investigation.