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Police: 95-year-old woman died as result of dog attack

November 12, 2019

SUFFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Police say a 95-year-old Connecticut woman attacked by a dog died because of the attack, and not because of a fall as the dog’s owner said.

Suffield police Chief Richard Brown said Monday the victim, Janet D’Aleo, of Enfield, suffered “massive injuries, including flesh, muscle, and tendon loss to her extremities.”

Brown says investigators, after conferring with the medical examiner’s office, determined “D’Aleo died as a direct result of coming into contact with the dog.”

D’Aleo was visiting a friend’s home last Wednesday when she was attacked by the 3-year-old pit bull-pointer mix. The dog is owned by her friend’s daughter, former state lawmaker Annie Hornish, the state director of the Humane Society.

Hornish previously said she thought D’Aleo died when she fell during the attack and not because of bites.

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Information from: Journal Inquirer, http://www.journalinquirer.com