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12 Year-old Girl Attacked by Dog in Michigan City

Michigan City Police Department

MICHIGAN CITY - A 12-year-old girl was seriously injured and had to be airlifted to a hospital after being attacked by a dog.  Michigan City Police Department Sergeant Chris Yagelski says police responded just before 7:45 Friday morning to the Dunewood Trailer Park on U.S. Highway 212.  Yagelski says the responding officer, Scott Combs arrived to a chaotic scene in which neighbors were attempting to beat off a Bull Mastiff, weighing about 140 pounds, attacking the child.  The girl was able to break free and run into the trailer, but the dog pursued and caught her and continued the attack.  

The officer grabbed the animal and was able to wrestle it to the ground and free the child. Combs was able to lock the dog in an adjoining room and attend to the child.  Yagelski says due to the nature and severity of the wounds, the girl was immediately flown to Riley's Children's Hospital in Indianapolis.

An Animal Control Officer was called to immediately impound the animal where it is now held under Quarantine.  The identification of the owner of the dog is being withheld at this time pending the investigation.


Sharon Jackson is the local host of "All Things Considered" and a reporter for Lakeshore Public Radio. She has been with 89.1 FM since its launch in 2009. Sharon is also a radio DJ in Chicago, and has been since 2004. In her previous job at Metro Networks/Westwood One, she was heard on am 890 WLS, WGN radio 720 am and am 560 WIND. She has also delivered news and traffic reports on radio stations all over Chicago and the suburbs including 95.9 The River, 98.3 WCCQ and Star 96.7.