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Dog attack victim recovering in rural Ashton home

Published: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 3:21 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 10:36 p.m. CDT

ASHTON – Eight days after she was seriously injured in an attack by three dogs, a rural Ashton woman is recovering at home.

Aneda Ebert, 63, 3413 Dugdale Road, said Tuesday she was grateful for the concern people had expressed for her and the help they had offered.

"The support has been overwhelming," she said. "People have been wonderful."

Ebert suffered severe injuries to her neck, shoulder, arms, and one leg. She spent 4 days at KSB Hospital in Dixon before being released Friday.

"I'm healing – my nurse [husband, Larry] says I look better every day," said Ebert, who appeared in good spirits despite the ordeal. "I'm mauled. I'm just a mess. I have stitches everywhere."

She was almost home from her morning jog April 21 when two pit bulls and a smaller brown dog ran out of a neighbor's yard and attacked her.

Larry, who was out riding his bike, was some distance down the road when he saw the dogs shaking something.

When he realized they were attacking his wife, he sped to her rescue, scaring the dogs off.

"They started biting at my elbows, and I knew I was in trouble," Ebert said. "Then they got more vicious, and they were growling. They got me down, and they had me by the neck. I protected my face.

“Larry saw them drag me at least 15 feet. I can't believe the grip they had. There was nothing I could do. And then I saw Larry's face."

Tom Champley, a veterinarian who is Ogle County's animal control administrator, said last week that the husband's quick action likely saved her life.

"It's a good thing her husband was right there, or it might have been a fatality," Champley said.

Ebert said she was shocked by the viciousness of the attack.

"The brutality is what bothers me," she said. "It was so savage."

At first, Champley had reported the attack came from two put bulls, a male and a female.

However, he said Tuesday that further investigation showed that a third dog, owned by the same person, also took part in the attack. He said he did not know the breed of the smaller dog.

All three dogs were impounded by animal control and euthanized with the consent of the owner, Champley said.

Ebert said the dogs had never posed a problem for her before, although they had for some of her neighbors.

"The dogs have been there a long time," she said.

Another neighbor had reported the dogs more than once for running at large, she said.

Champley said Tuesday he was unaware of previous complaints.

A spokesman for Ogle County State's Attorney Michael Rock said Tuesday that prosecutors were working with law enforcement officers to determine whether charges would be filed against the dogs' owner.

The Ogle County Sheriff's Department investigated at the scene. Authorities have not released the dog owner's name.

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