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Woman Dies After Being Attacked by Family Dog

Updated: Monday, May 6 2013, 08:49 AM EDT
UPDATE: (5/6/2013) (AP) -- Authorities say an Ohio woman has died from injuries suffered last week when the family dog attacked her.
  
County sheriff's reports and a hospital spokeswoman said 35-year-old Rachael Honabarger of Coshocton died Saturday at a Columbus hospital.
  
Coshocton's dog warden said Honabarger was attacked Tuesday by the family's dog, a 100-pound, 3-year-old German shepherd.

She is believed to have suffered wounds to her neck.
  
The Coshocton Tribune reports that a neighbor was credited with seeing Honabarger in distress, pulling the dog off her and performing first aid until emergency personnel arrived.

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COSHOCTON (Tara Morgan) -- A woman is recovering from severe injuries after she was attacked by a family dog.

It happened Tuesday afternoon on County Road 23 in Coshocton County.

According to the sheriff's office, a neighbor saw a 150 pound male German Shepherd attacking the woman as he drove by the house.

That man did not want to comment.

But authorities say he was able to separate the two, put the dog in a kennel and start first aid.

The woman in her 30's was flown to Grant hospital in Columbus.

John Speaks, who lives nearby, says he's familiar with the dog now in quarantine at a veterinarian's office.

"He's always been very aggressive but he would never go beyond the road he guarded the yard and the house," said Speaks.

Speaks says the woman was lucky her neighbor stopped when he did.

"She's not a very big woman so if you're overpowered by a dog that big it would be a job for a good sized man," said Speaks.

Authorities say they don't know what prompted the attack.Woman Dies After Being Attacked by Family Dog


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