Dog Attacks Woman in Wayne

The man who wrestled the dog off of the woman said she was repeatedly bit on her face and head.

A dog attacked a woman in the early afternoon Wednesday in the South Wayne area of Lansdowne and Audubon avenues.

According to police, the older woman was walking her sister’s Doberman Pinscher, who lives in the 300 block of South Wayne Avenue, when the dog started biting her face. After the first incident she continued to walk the dog, but minutes later the attack grew more serious, said the man who wrestled the dog away.

Chris O’Sullivan, a landscaper with Frank O’Sullivan Landscaping, was working on the block around 1:30 p.m. when he heard screams and turned to see the dog “rear up, jumping up towards her face.”

Two bystanders in a mini van “started beeping and screaming, ‘the dog is attacking her’,” O’Sullivan told Radnor Patch. As the landscaper moved towards them, the dog knocked the woman to the ground and continued to bite her face and head, he said.

“The woman was screaming at the top of her lungs,” O’Sullivan said.  The bystanders were screaming and honking the car horn. “To me it was a surreal moment,” he said. “The dog was literally jumping up and taking bites from this woman’s face.”

O’Sullivan said he grabbed the dog off of the woman and pinned it against his neck to a stop sign. “The dog was humungous,” he said, but “this dog was on her, she was trying to cover her face… I didn’t even think twice about it.”

O’Sullivan said the woman had severe lacerations to her face. She was transported to Bryn Mawr Hospital, according to Radnor Police Lieutenant Chris Flanagan.

“We’re concerned every time we hear a story like this,” Flanagan said. “We’re taking this incident very seriously.” Police continue to investigate. A dog warden from the state is evaluating the case, Flanagan said.

Flanagan said the police plan on publicly acknowledging O’Sullivan and a Fed-Ex deliveryman who also helped out at the scene. “They were heroic in their efforts,” he said.

Two days later, O’Sullivan still can’t believe what happened.

“To be in the center of Wayne and see a Doberman attacking an older woman… I was shocked the entire day. I can’t even tell you.”

Mary Jane Hurley Brant October 19, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Well thank God this poor woman is okay and Chris O'Sullivan was there to help. Talk about an angel in need. These are traumatic events. Everyone, take time to heal your body, mind and spirits. Kindly, Mary Jane
Maryann October 19, 2012 at 01:15 PM
This was upsetting to read this morning. Thank you Chris Sullivan! You are a true hero. My prayers go out to that woman. How scary that must have been for her. I also didn't know Dobermans could be vicious like that. ;-(
I Lived Here for 25 Years & Finally Moved Out October 19, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Way to go Chris!! You're a hero!!
Elise Artelt October 19, 2012 at 04:18 PM
How brave of you!! I am scared to death of dobermans so I am not sure I could have jumped in. Bravo!
Adam Fifth October 19, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Chris Sullivan is certainly a hero. Dobermans are particularly dangerous and unpredictable. They should be banned as house pets. Nice going, Chris!
The Swell Guy October 19, 2012 at 09:19 PM
THANK YOU to a real citizen, Chris Sullivan; who risked himself in aiding someone else - at great person risk of injury - while others elected to remain safe in their mini-van and not provide him physical assistance in saving an elderly woman. Let the SELFLESS HERO be HONORED, and let the selfish cowards own their shame.
Catherine October 20, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Swell Guy, O'Sullivan sure is a hero but, I don't think we should label the minivan occupants as cowards (O'Sullivan didn't and he was there). We don't know who was in that car. Could have been two more old ladies or a couple of 16 year olds or a mom with little kids or someone who had been viciously attacked him/herself in the past and couldn't physically or mentally jump in to break the attack up. They helped just by honking the horn and hollering. After the fact, I'd like to know the reaction of the sister -- the Doberman's owner -- and what's happened to the dog as a result of all of this.
Dave Colleran October 21, 2012 at 01:48 AM
I've known Chris O'Sullivan for 30 years, and he is exactly the guy you would want there in that situation. He is a very selfless guy and always the first to jump in when help is needed. Job well done, Chris. You should be very proud. Hopefully, the unfortunate victim will now have a better road to recovery.
KAW October 21, 2012 at 02:40 AM
A sad incident, no doubt, but please don't say such uninformed things like "Dobermans are particularly dangerous and unpredictable." That's an ignorant statement. Do you work with Dobermans? Are you a dog behavioral expert? NO? Then keep your opinion to yourself, because it's not true. Dobermans are loyal, loving dogs, and when people like you say things that are blatantly untrue, honest people actually believe you. It's sad. Either educate yourself, or shut up. My best wishes to the woman for a speedy recovery, and many thanks to the people who stepped up to help her.
DC October 21, 2012 at 03:56 AM
does anyone know how the woman is?
Anthony Wayne October 21, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Banned by whom? How is more government and less civil liberty good for anyone?
Bill Nut October 22, 2012 at 03:24 AM
you guys will just about argue everything that never has or will be important,
The Swell Guy October 22, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Catherine, your suppositions are all theoretically possible. Though it is equally possible that the occupants were two able bodied people. However, since these people elected to remain physically uninvolved and remain protected and safe in their van - A KNOWN FACT - no one can say, However, what I do know is this: The exact reason why we entitle the brave & selfless as exemplifying: HEROISM - they do not consider the convenience of their status - they simply provide AID and ASSISTANCE, without forethought to their own personal safety. In other words CATHERINE, It is not based on CONVENIENCE or PRESERVATION OF SELF. Perhaps you might prefer that everyone based their involvement on "convenience of status" - and take your perspective. If you should be in grave danger, your neighbors might then remain physically uninvolved and "Honk and Holler" from the safety of their cars - while you remained helpless, unaided, and under a life-threatening physical attack. I wonder how your feelings about folks remaining safe inside of their cars - REGARDLESS OF SEX, AGE, PERCEIVED ABILITY, would change in that scenario?


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