Dog attack leaves woman in critical condition

(Family photo)

PLAINFIELD, Conn. (WTNH)– Police say they seized five Rottweilers and a lab after several of them mauled a 56-year-old caregiver in Plainfield. Lynne Denning suffered brutal injuries to her face, chest, arms, and legs, and is in critical condition at Hartford Hospital.

Denning is a caregiver for an 85-year-old grandmother who lives in the home on Putnam Road. Brittany Allen owns one of the dogs and says the Rottweilers are well-behaved show dogs.

“We love our dogs as much as we love Lynne, they are all part of the family,” said Allen.

Allen says that Denning has been working as a caregiver in their home for a couple of months and was very good with the dogs.

“She is familiar with the situation she was walking in on,” said Allen. “She was comfortable with the dogs, that was one of the prerequisites of her starting to work here. I don’t know what kind of words I would use, it was kind of a freak thing.”

Vincent Longo lives next door to the Allens and says his Husky, Marty, was also bitten by the Rottweilers.

“Towards other animals I think they are aggressive,” said Longo. “They were never aggressive towards, well they did bite me once and I went to the doctors, when I was holding Marty when they attacked him.”

Police say they have been called to the Allen house twice for the dogs, most recently in September. Deborah Longo dialed 911 after another caregiver was screaming for help.

“I called the cops right away, ran over there and she came out hysterical saying that the Rottweilers just attacked the lab.”

Right now the dogs are in quarantine at the animal shelter. Police are still investigating and have not ruled out possible charges.

The Denning family issued the following statement Thursday afternoon through their attorney:

“The Denning family is very grateful for the overwhelming and heart-felt care and concern that their friends, neighbors, and others have expressed for the, and they greatly appreciate the efforts of those who have offered assistance. At the present time, the family has a singular and immediate concern for Lynne, and the family is devoting all of its energies to Lynne’s medical care. The family members and close friends will not be making statements at this time, and the appreciate the understanding from their friends, family, and the community of their inability at the present time to answer phone calls or call people back. They ask that you keep Lynne in your hopes and in your prayers. They request too, that the news media exercise professional and high-standard discretion when publishing printed or recorded details of the incident and of Lynne’s condition. In addition, they request their privacy be respected.”

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