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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  • by Anonymous on Feb 7, 2009 at 03:28 PM
    Bowermeister says the owner can't be cited for having a dangerous or vicious dog because the animal is dead. HELLO, she owned it before it died, and now she owns a dead dangerous or vicious dog...
  • by C on Feb 7, 2009 at 03:14 PM
    Alison : Sounds to me like you married a pretty smart man ! Regards, C
  • by Alison Location: Havelock on Feb 7, 2009 at 01:24 PM
    C...My husband does not go anywhere without his knife either. You never know when you will need it is what he says.
  • by C on Feb 7, 2009 at 11:49 AM
    I realize that this was'nt the main point of the story, but this validates what I've said for years....everyone should have a good knife with them at all times. I'm never without mine, and while I look at it as more of a tool, the knowledge that it can solve other emergency problems [such as an attacking animal] is very comforting.
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