Woman, 2 children injured in dog attack


CALVIN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Deputies say an aggressive dog injured a woman and the two children she was trying to protect.

Deputies were called to the 63000 block of Crooked Creek in Cass County’s Calvin Township around 5:45 p.m. Sunday on a report that a dog was mauling several people.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says Jennifer Hansford, 44, of Cassopolis was trying to save her 2-year-old and 7-year-old grandchildren from a dog when she was also attacked.

The toddler was airlifted to South Bend Memorial Hospital and then taken to Riley’s Children’s Hospital for severe head trauma. The 2-year-old’s condition was stable as of Monday, according to the sheriff.

Hansford and the 7-year-old were taken by ambulance to Niles Lakeland Hospital for their injuries. Both have since been released from the hospital.

The sheriff’s office did not say what breed of dog it was or what led up to the attack.

Authorities say the dog will remain in quarantine with Cass County Animal Control for 10 days before a decision is made about its fate. The case remains under investigation.

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