Margaret Hankes rescued Kaye J. Peterson from an attacking dog, St. Paul, Minnesota, April 24, 1998. Ms. Peterson, 42, was raking her backyard when a 40-pound, male pit bull dog broke free of its tether in the adjoining yard, approached, and attacked her. The dog locked onto Ms. Peterson’s right arm, and when she fought it off, it bit her about the feet, took her to the ground, and continued to maul her, viciously. She screamed for help. Ms. Hankes, 52, teacher, who lived across the street, heard Ms. Peterson’s screams and responded to the scene with an aluminum ball bat. She approached the dog and struck it with the bat several times. The dog released Ms. Peterson and left the scene but was later captured. Ms. Peterson was hospitalized four days for treatment, including surgery, of numerous bite wounds, including serious ones to an arm and leg.
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