'Pit bull'-type dog attacks pregnant owner causing multiple wounds requiring surgery

2/22/2013
BLADE STAFF

A pregnant Toledo woman was attacked by her "pit bull"-type dog this afternoon and sustained multiple bite wounds that required surgery.

She was taken by ambulance to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, said Lucas County Dog Warden Julie Lyle.

The condition of Maria Drake, 30, of Elm Street, Toledo, was not known late today as she was still in surgery on her right forearm, according to her husband, Jesse Drake, 24.

He said the 1 1/2 year old dog, who does not have a name, had never shown any signs of aggression and often played with their four children, ages 11, 7, 6 and 4. Mrs. Drake is 21 weeks pregnant with their fifth child. The fetus was not harmed during the attack, according to Mr. Drake.

He said that his wife told him that the dog attacked her when she went out in the yard where it was playing with their children. He said that his wife told him that the neighbor's children had been poking the dog with sticks through the fence and it was "riled up" and went after her. No one else was injured. 

Ms. Lyle said the 71-pound dog was an unneutered red and white male. The dog warden tranquilized the dog before removing it from the yard, where it was hiding under a wood pile. Mr. Drake surrendered the dog to the pound, where it will be held for a 10-day quarantine period to see if it shows any signs of rabies and then it will be euthanized.

The dog bit Mrs. Drake on the left thumb, left inner thigh, left breast area and right forearm, Ms. Lyle said.