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Iowa man bites dog to save wife

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:19 a.m. HST, May 04, 2013

MADRID, Iowa » An Iowa woman whose nose was severely injured by an attacking dog says her husband bit the animal to make it stop its assault.

Caren and Laine Henry told The Des Moines Register on Thursday that a 50-pound Labrador mix ran out of a yard near Laine's father's home in rural Madrid on Sunday to attack the couple while they were walking their pet beagle.

Caren Henry said the dog bit her abdomen and right thigh, scratched at her eyes, then clamped onto her nose, tearing it off. She said her husband was bit on an arm when he tried to help her.

"It could have been so much worse," she said. "If I hadn't been wearing my sunglasses, I'm sure I would be missing an eye. If it had gotten ahold of my throat, I'd be dead."

Caren Henry said the dog wouldn't stop the attack despite her husband trying to fight it off.

"He finally had to bite the dog in its nose, and it let loose," she said.

Henry has begun a series of reconstructive surgeries she hopes will restore her nose.

The dog is under quarantine for six weeks at the home from which it escaped and attacked the couple, but Dallas County doesn't have a vicious-dog ordinance that would require criminal penalties or lead to the dog being euthanized.

After the quarantine is completed, it could be released to its owner.

It's unclear who owns the dog. The resident who has been caring for the dog said it belongs to a homeless man.

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mikethenovice wrote:
Here comes the animal lovers who put animals before people?
on May 4,2013 | 06:38AM
false wrote:
Never heard of a Lab mix? doing harm. Labs are such family pets. What happened to this dog? It must be sick, rabies?
on May 4,2013 | 03:39PM
onevoice82 wrote:
Right....it belongs to a homeless man! You are such a weasel.
on May 4,2013 | 06:55AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
A real "Man Bites Dog" story. Now, that's news!
on May 4,2013 | 08:07AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Although I am a dog lover myself, pet owners or caretakers in this case, should be held accountable for any incident that involves injuries like this. It is only right that the owner or caretaker take responsibility. They should pay for any hospitalization and rehabilitation that will be required.
on May 4,2013 | 11:04AM
steveoctober wrote:
Homeless person pay ? Probably getting a bunch of free handouts from the government. The irony is how this homeless guy will end up getting even more freebies after this. Say what you will about North Korea, but at least they got the right idea at putting people in hard labor camps, making them suffer.
on May 4,2013 | 01:01PM
Skyler wrote:
I disagree with your assessment on North Korea and hard labor camps. You only have to be born on the wrong side of the Kim clan, or be someone other than a family member of the fossil generals, and/or just appear to have done something against them to get thrown into hard labor camps. There is no justice for wrongly-held citizens. The American that fed little kids was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor - hardly a just punishment.
on May 4,2013 | 05:17PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
You don't need a dog nuisance law to hold someone liable here, a plain negligence suit would work. Good job guy, defending your wahine!
on May 4,2013 | 01:56PM
I am a surprised a lab did this, I know it was mix, but still, I'm surprised.
on May 4,2013 | 03:37PM
false wrote:
Maybe the dog has Distemper?
on May 4,2013 | 03:40PM
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