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MICHIGAN CITY — A 12-year-old girl was airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital Friday morning after being attacked by a dog.

At about 7:40 a.m., Officer Scott Combs was dispatched to the Dunewood Trailer Park located on U.S. 212 in reference to a dog attack, according to Michigan City Police Sgt. Chris Yagelski.

Upon arrival, Combs saw a chaotic scene where neighbors were attempting to beat off what was described as a bull mastiff dog weighing about 140 pounds attacking the girl. The girl was able to break free and ran into the trailer, where the dog ended up pursuing the youngster and continued the attack.

Combs, without hesitation, grabbed the large animal and was able to wrestle it to the ground and free the child, Yagelski said.

Combs was then able to get the dog locked into an adjoining room as he attended to the girl. Combs is also a certified EMT and performed exceptionally, with his paramedic skills more than likely saving the child, Yagelski said.

Due to the nature and severity of the wounds, the girl was immediately flown to Riley’s Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis.

Animal Control Officer Jason Speakman was called to immediately impound the animal, which is now held under quarantine. The name of the dog's owner is being withheld pending the investigation, Yagelski said.


Porter County reporter

Joyce has been a reporter for more than 38 years, including 23 years with The Times. She covers municipal and school government in Valparaiso and Portage.