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Dog attack victim looking ‘considerably better’

Woman a Rochelle teacher; pit bulls' owner's name not released

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 11:41 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 9:01 p.m. CDT

ASHTON – A woman who was severely attacked by two pit bulls Monday “looked considerably better” Wednesday, her family says.

Aneda Ebert, 63, 3413 Dugdale Road, was jogging past a neighbor’s house in southern Ogle County, near Ashton, when two pit bulls ran out of the yard and attacked her.

“Mom already looked considerably better today,” the family said in an update on Ebert’s Facebook page about 1 a.m. Wednesday. “She’s very broken on many levels, but time will heal her.”

On Monday, the posting said she had undergone surgery to clean up her wounds.

“Tomorrow, she will have surgery again around noon to start her repairs,” the posting said. “She is very nervous about creating more pain, but this will be a big step toward recovery, so she’ll get through this.”

The family thanked the public for its support.

“Keep the comments coming – it lifts mom’s spirit to hear your comments, texts.”

When Ebert was jogging, her husband, Larry, was riding a bike.

In an interview Tuesday, Tom Champley, Ogle County’s animal control administrator, said it was good that her husband was with her, or “it might have been a fatality.” She suffered severe injuries to her neck, shoulder and leg.

Ebert was taken by ambulance to KSB Hospital in Dixon.

The dogs were impounded by animal control, Champley said, and the owner agreed that they should be euthanized. He said no previous problems had been reported with the two dogs.

Champley said privacy issues prevented him from releasing the name of the dogs’ owner.

Ebert is a part-time teacher at Tilton School in the Rochelle Elementary school district.

“Obviously, we’re all concerned,” Superintendent Todd Prusator said Wednesday. “We care about Aneda. We hope she makes a complete recovery.”

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