The Patriot-News, Harrisburg, Pa.
Lisa Urso, 52, was found dead at her home in Fox Lake area of Ingleside, northern Illinois, according to FOX News Illinois.
Officers who responded to the scene after 4:43 p.m. Saturday found her mutilated body on the back porch. Fox Lake Police Chief Jimmy Lee said the woman was supposed to meet up with co-workers Saturday. When she didn’t show, they came to check on her.
An autopsy confirmed she died from injuries sustained from her pet French bulldog attacked her. The coroner’s office said the attack began inside the home but Urso managed to make it out to the porch, where she died, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Toxicology results are pending.
“You don’t really think about it happening with a smaller dog breed but we forget animals can be powerful,” Lake County coroner Dr. Howard Cooper told WGN. “This animal has a lot of jaw strength.”
The dog that fatally attacked Urso was recently adopted by Urso and had originally been bred to fight, according to Cooper. He also indicated that most of the bite marks were on her legs and arms. “Some on her torso as well. Just a lot of bites. A lot of scratching,” he said. “I hate to say it but unfortunately it was a vicious attack.”
That animal, as well as a second French bulldog and a border collie, were removed from the home and are in the custody of Lake County Animal Care and Control.
An investigation is ongoing. Chief Lee said there were signs of a struggle inside the home, and blood was found on the other French bulldog. It was unclear if her other pets were involved or had intervened.
Urso lived with her boyfriend, who was not at home at the time of the fatal attack. He himself had been attacked by the same French bulldog last month, and the animal was taken away, Chief Lee said. Urso had gone back to animal control to retrieve the dog, which obviously, was returned to her, the Daily Herald reported.
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