Pit bull quarantined after fatally mauling woman in Grant County home

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GRANT COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) — A Pit bull fatally attacked a woman in a home in Grant County Monday.

Police and medics were called just after 2 p.m. to a home at 303 High Street in Matthews on a report of a dog bite.

According to a report from the Grant County Coroner’s Office, a man said he was in a bedroom of the home when he heard loud screams from the living room. There, he found the family dog – a Pit bull – had attacked his mother, 69-year-old Kathleen Bertram.

Matthews Police Marshal Chet Johnson said Bertram had sat down in an “uneven” chair and fell to the floor. Her granddaughter started crying. The coroner’s office said Bertram holding the 3-year-old when she fell.

When the child began crying, Johnson said the dog charged into the living room and attacked Bertram as she laid on the floor. The coroner’s office said the dog bit down on the woman’s neck.

Her daughter, who was in the room at the time of the attack, called for her brother and husband to help, Johnson said.

Medics found Bertram bleeding from both sides of her neck and began CPR on the woman. Due to the severity of her injuries, she was pronounced dead just before 3 p.m., the coroner’s office said.

An autopsy is planned.

Marion Animal Control used a tranquilizer on the dog because it was still actively aggressive, the coroner’s office said. It was then removed from the home and is quarantined, police said.

The county prosecutor will determine its fate, police said.

No other information was immediately released.

The Fort Wayne Pitbull Coalition urged the public to remember that Pit bulls are not inherently aggressive. Coalition president Megan Close said any dog of any breed can be aggressive and it is the responsibility of the owner to teach them correctly.

“When dogs have major aggression issues – this dog obviously had a major aggression issue unfortunately – it’s not just something that pops out of nowhere,” said Close. “You need to watch for it. A dog snaps in the air at something, a dog becomes reactive when someone enters your home… you need to address it even before it gets to that point.”

Police have not said whether the dog had a history of aggressive behavior.

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