Date: March 3, 2009
Location: Orange COunty, FL
Victim: elderly female
Breed: Dachshund Mix
Severity: Unknown, described as severe. Maybe Level 3-4
Circumstances: Woman's hearing aid fell out as she was trying to leash her dog. Dog reacted violently to sound and attacked woman.
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- An 86-year-old woman was badly injured in a freak animal attack Tuesday. When her hearing aid fell out of her ear, it beeped so loudly the family dog attacked her outside a home in the Hunters Creek subdivision.
The dog has been quarantined for at least ten days of monitoring and the 86-year-old victim's injuries are being described as severe.
The black dachshund mix named Sammie was still dazed and squirmy as his owner tried to load him into Animal Services' truck after the attack. Just minutes earlier, the owner says the high-pitched squeal of a hearing aid sent the dog into a vicious attack on an elderly woman who lived in the home.
Kevin Robertson saw the family waiting for the ambulance.
"She was just out on the ground and she was probably in shock. It looked like she was in shock," he said.
The victim's family said she had just let the dog out of the front door her and was in the front yard, bending over to leash the dog up. That's when her hearing aid fell out, hitting the ground and letting off a high squeal that can irritate even the human ear.