A woman has died after it’s believed she was mauled to death by her French bulldog.
A friend found Lisa Urso, 52, unresponsive on the patio behind her Ingleside home in the US state of Illinois, on Saturday evening.
Investigators determined she had been attacked by the French bulldog. Toxicology results are pending.
Lake County Coroner Dr Howard Cooper said Ms Urso had recently adopted the dog, which had been bred to fight. The dog attacked Ms Urso inside her home, but she made it out to her patio, where she died.
Dr Cooper said Ms Urso suffered many bite wounds and scratches on her legs, arms and torso.
“I hate to say it, but unfortunately, it was a vicious attack,” he said, adding that although French bulldogs are a smaller breed, they can deliver powerful bites.
“You don’t really think about it happening with a smaller dog breed, but we forget animals can be powerful,” he said.
“This animal has a lot of jaw strength.”
Dr Cooper said the dog recently attacked Ms Urso’s boyfriend. After that attack, she had gone to animal control to get the dog back.
Ms Urso owned two other dogs, including a second French bulldog, which was found with some blood on it, and a border collie, he said.
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