• Dog attack forces amputation of owner's foot

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  • An Independence woman had to have a foot amputated and remains hospitalized after her dog attacked her in her yard Monday.
    According to Jackson County Sheriff deputies, an American bulldog attacked his owner, Dora Pennington late Monday morning. Pennington lives in the 27000 block of Heidelberger Road in rural eastern Independence, just north of the Lake City Ammunition Plant.
    Pennington was able to fight off the dog, a 3-year-old, 110-pound male, and crawled to her front porch, where her cell phone was in her purse, to dial 911. She made the call at approximately 11:30 a.m.
    The yard is fenced in, and the dog was still acting aggressively when deputies arrive, so they had to put the dog down in order to get to Pennington, said Sgt. John Payne, public information officer for the Sheriffs Office.
    According to that office, the dog had severely mauled Penningtons left foot, seriously damaged the right foot, pulled out a large portion her hair and had torn off most of her clothing. Deputies placed a tourniquet on her left leg before emergency medical crews arrived to take her to a local hospital, and Penningtons spouse was notified.
    Payne said Penningtons left foot had to be amputated, and she was critical but stable condition as of Monday afternoon.
    The Penningtons had owned the dog for about a year, Payne said. Jackson County Animal Control took custody of the dogs remains and will be sending them to the state laboratory for possible rabies testing.
    According to the website dogbreedinfo.com, full-grown American bulldog males can grow to be about 2 feet tall and weigh as much as 120 pounds (90-100 for females). It is a working dog breed with a stocky, muscular build and generally is social dog that is loyal to its owner and not hostile.
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