This has been a particularly bad week for dog attack fatalities after what had been a really quite late summer/early fall.
Authorities in Ida Grove, IA found 79 year old Shirley Lou Bird dead on Monday -- with wounds consistent from a dog attack.
It seems that Bird had a German Shepherd that she used as a watchdog (that was described as aggressive) -- but according to sources, had struggled to control the dog and had been bitten by it before. Authorities believe that she was bitten several times in the legs and arms (with one deep bite wound on the arm specifically mentioned) and went into her bathroom to stop the bleeding. She got into the bathtub to clean herself up --which is where she was found dead. Authorities noted that Bird was on blood thinners that would have made it difficult for her blood to clot to stop the bleeding and also made her bleed more quickly.
It's a tragic case but one that should serve as a reminder that if you have a dog that is showing signs of aggression, or that you are having trouble handling, then it is your responsibility for your safety and for the safety of others to seek out professional help to deal with the aggression issues.
My heart goes out to the Bird family.
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