Illinois woman mauled to death by her French bulldog

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INGLESIDE, Ill. (WGN) — A suburban Illinois woman was mauled to death inside her home by her pet French bulldog Saturday.

Lisa Urso, 52,  was found in the back of her Ingleside residence by a friend that evening.

According to Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper, Urso had recently adopted the dog and it had originally been bred to fight.

“It wasn’t the neck, most (bite marks) were (on) her legs and arms,” Cooper said. “Some on her torso as well. Just a lot of bites. A lot of scratching … I hate to say it but unfortunately it was a vicious attack.”

Cooper said the attack started inside the home she shares with her boyfriend who, according to Cooper, was also recently attacked by the same dog.

Urso had gone to animal control to get the dog back.

“You don’t really think about it happening with a smaller dog breed but we forget animals can be powerful,” Cooper said. “This animal has a lot of jaw strength.” 

Cooper said the rescue bulldog had been used to fight.

Urso’s second French bulldog also had some blood on it. Her border collie did not.

Cooper said Urso’s boyfriend wasn’t home at the time of the attack.

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(This story was originally published on May 13, 2020)

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