LAPORTE IN - A FAMILY PIT BULL THAT HAD "NEVER SHOWN AGGRESSION BEFORE" BIT THEIR 2-YEAR-OLD IN THE FACE THEN TURNED ON ITS OWNER WHO SUFFERED HORRIFIC INJURIES TO BOTH ARMS
A LaPorte woman remained at an Indianapolis hospital Tuesday with severe injuries from being attacked by her dog, which also bit her 2-year-old son.
The wounds to her right arm were deep enough to expose some of the bone, said Samantha Meska, who used the belt of her robe to make a tourniquet to slow the profuse bleeding.
She was airlifted to Indianapolis and later underwent surgery.
The dog was put down later that night, she said.
''I'm doing very well," the 27-year old Meska said. "A lot better than I was yesterday.''
According to LaPorte police, it was after 9 a.m. Monday when Meska heard her son crying in the kitchen area and went to investigate.
His face was bleeding, and beside him was the dog Meska had had since he was a puppy.
Meska said the boy did as she instructed and ran into the living room as the dog grabbed one of her arms.
''He was shaking it like it was his rope,'' said Meska, whose other arm was also bitten.
She used her bloody left arm to open the back door, stepping onto the back porch, pulled her right arm out of the dog's mouth, and shut the door.
She immediately called 911. ''I thought I was going to bleed to death if (the dispatcher) didn't get someone there quick,'' Meska said.
Her son did not require hospitalization and was staying temporarily with his grandparents, Meska said.
Buddy Kasinger, a public information officer with LaPorte County Emergency Medical Service, said Meska's quick thinking to tighten her bathrobe belt around her bleeding arm may well have saved her life.
Meska said she can't move the hand or fingers on her badly mangled right arm, but because there was no nerve damage, expects to regain full use of her limb.
She still has use of her left arm, and although serious, the injuries were not as severe.
According to police, Meska told investigators the dog, a PIT BULL MIX, had never acted aggressively toward her or her son before.
The dog was current on its rabies shots, police said.
Kasinger said injuries of that nature often require additional surgery and extensive physical therapy.