Dog Attacks, Stabbed To Death: Owner Charged

A Council Bluffs, Iowa, official says the owner of a dog that was stabbed to death as it attacked a 77-year-old woman will be cited for having a dog at large.

Assistant City Attorney Don Bowermeister said Tuesday that Courtney Mahler, of Council Bluffs, will be ticketed for allowing her American bulldog to run loose. The offense carries a $40 fine.

Bowermeister says the owner can't be cited for having a dangerous or vicious dog because the animal is dead.

Ann Lyon was with her miniature Doberman pinscher Sunday when she was attacked by the bulldog. A man driving by stopped and stabbed the bulldog with his pocketknife.

Officials say the dog was licensed and had caused no earlier problems.

No telephone listing could be found for Mahler.

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