Loose Dog Attacks Woman in Prince George's County

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    News4's Darcy Spencer was in Bowie when animal management officers took the dog away. (Published Sunday, Apr 6, 2014)

    A woman in her 70s was transported to a hospital in critical condition after she was attacked by a dog Sunday night in Bowie, Md.

    Authorities said the American bulldog got loose, and bit the woman on her face and chest outside her home in the 11100 block of Elon Court. Prince George's County Fire & EMS responded to the scene around 6 p.m. and found the dog still free after the attack.

    The woman had been able to escape into her house. Paramedics backed up to the garage to make sure they could transport the woman safely.

    "They used their heads and quick thinking to back the ambulance up with the rear doors open to a garage door," said Mark Brady of Prince George's County Fire & EMS. "She was able to go through the garage doors and into the back of the ambulance."

    The victim has critical bite injuries to her upper body, authorities said.

    Police arrived a short time later and are investigating the incident.

    The owner of the dog was able to bring it back inside, but Animal Control officers confiscated it. Several residents told News4 that there had been complaints about the dog getting loose before, and some of those complaints had been from the victim herself.

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