Iowa man bites dog to stop attack on his wife

Published On: May 03 2013 07:45:42 AM HST
MADRID, Iowa -

An Iowa woman severely hurt in a dog attack is about to undergo the first of many surgeries to repair the damage Friday.

Caren Henry told KCCI's Amanda Lewis that under the bandages half of her nose is missing.   Henry's husband, Laine, injured his arm and bit the attacking dog to save his wife and their dog during the attack Sunday.

Henry said the dog was coming at her and her dog so she put her hand out and knee up to stop the dog.  Henry said it bit her thigh, side and then went for her face.

She said it dug at her eyes, breaking her sunglasses and bit off half of her nose.

Henry is undergoing multiple surgeries to repair the damage. The first surgery will take skin from her forehead and legs to reconstruct her nose, she said.

Caren and her husband said they were appalled to learn Dallas County does not have a vicious dog ordinance.  Laine said the dog has been quarantined at the home where it was staying near Madrid, but when the quarantine is over there appears to be no way to stop the dog from being lose again.

"What if this had been a five year old kid?" Laine said. "The kid would probably be dead."

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