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Woman Found Mauled To Death By Her Own Dog

Lisa Urso rescued a French bulldog named Blue, but was mauled to death by the animal on May 9.

Ingleside, IL – An Illinois woman was mauled to death in her home by a French bulldog that she had rescued.

Fox Lake Police Chief Jimmy Lee said officers found 52-year-old Lisa Urso dead on her back deck at about 4:43 p.m. on May 9, FOX News reported.

An autopsy confirmed that she had died from multiple dog bites that she sustained when she was attacked by Blue, a former fighting dog that she had rescued, WMAQ reported.

“It wasn’t the neck, most [bite marks] were [on] her legs and arms,” Lake County Coroner Howard Cooper said, according to WGN. “Some on her torso as well. Just a lot of bites. A lot of scratching … I hate to say it but unfortunately it was a vicious attack.”

Cooper said that Urso had first been bitten inside of her home and then made it outside to her back deck before she died.

Lake County spokeswoman Hannah Goering said that it was likely Blue would be euthanized “due to his history and aggression,” WMAQ reported.

Fox Lake police said that Urso was Blue’s third biting attack in recent months.

Police responded on April 13 to a home in the 600-block of Knollwood Road for a report of a dog bite after Blue bit a man who lived there, WMAQ reported.

The dog was placed on home quarantine as a result of that incident.

But despite the quarantine order, Blue managed to bite the same man again on April 21 and police responded to the scene again, WMAQ reported.

Blue was placed on hospital quarantine after the second bite.

And then Urso went and got the dog back and brought it home again, WGN reported.

“You don’t really think about it happening with a smaller dog breed but we forget animals can be powerful,” the county coroner said. “This animal has a lot of jaw strength.”

Police said there have been no complaints about the other dogs that live in the home, WMAQ reported.

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