Editor’s Note: This post has been updated to reflect a release from the Fort Madison Police Department
BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – Three residents on the city’s east side have been taken to Fort Madison Community Hospital as a result of a dog attack.
Emergency crews responded to a LeeComm report of a dog attacking a small girl at approximately 10:30 a.m. near a residence just south of Putt-A-Round in the 300 block of 1st Street.
According to Fort Madison Police Chief Tim Sittig, Fort Madison police responded and the animal was engaged in attacking one of the victims and was shot and killed by an officer. Sittig said the dog was 40 to 50lb brown male boxer.
“We think the incident started inside and then spilled out into the yard,” Sittig said.
The 5-year old girl had been bitten on the cheek.
Another subject, a 49-year-old white male, suffered multiple bite wounds to his arms and legs, and was transported to Fort Madison Community Hospital.
A third subject, a 33-year-old male also suffered superficial bite wounds, but experienced what Sittig described as possibly a stress-related cardiac emergency requiring CPR and defibrilation efforts.
“Our thinking is that could have been a stress-related cardiac event,” Sittig said. “The two men got involved at some point but we’re just not sure of all the details at this point.”
He said the dog lived at the residence and the girl was a visitor. The dog’s owner was also taken to the hospital for observation, but didn’t suffer any bites.
The dog was seized and has been taken to Park View Animal Clinic as evidence, and Sittig said officers are currently continuing the investigation and putting the pieces of the incident together to determine what happened.
All three were taken to the Fort Madison Community Hospital. The names of the victims and their conditions have not been released.
Sittig said additional information may be released as details of the incident come to light.