"Non Bite" Injury
Rantoul, IL - Children and the elderly are the most frequent victims of serious dog bite injury. Unlike attacks on children, attacks on the elderly and senior citizens are often less publicized. Older citizens injured in dog attacks do not heal at the same rate as children and often suffer complications, such as infection, after the initial bite injury. Older citizens also suffer devastating "non bite" injuries, such as the aftermath of being "knocked to the ground" by a pit bull-mix:
"An elderly Rantoul woman is recovering from a broken hip and other injuries received when she was knocked down by a large dog.
Eleanor McDonald, 80, was outside her home at 519 N. Ohio Ave. with her dog Dakota, a 20-pound poodle mix, shortly after 9 p.m. Aug. 17 when a large dog charged her from behind. She was knocked to the ground, but grabbed the leg of the dog to prevent it from hurting Dakota. The dog dragged her across a gravel driveway, said her son, Richard McDonald.
According to the police report, two men pulled the dog away from her and returned it to a neighboring home where it was being kept for its owner, Antoine P. Lee, who lives in the 1100 block of Falcon Drive. The dog was reported to be an American bulldog-pitbull mix.
In addition to the broken hip, Eleanor McDonald's right wrist was crushed and she was bitten on the right hand and left arm. After surgery to replace her hip and wire her wrist together, she was transferred to a nursing rehabilitation center, her son said.
Her right hand remained bruised and swollen from the bite a week after the incident and she had no appetite, he said.
The dog was taken to Champaign County Animal Control in Urbana and placed in quarantine. A call to the county facility confirmed that the dog had not been vaccinated. It was euthanized Thursday because Lee failed to reclaim it after quarantine ended."
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