SUFFIELD, CT (WFSB) – An elderly woman from Suffield has died after being attacked by a dog on Wednesday.

Police were called to the area of Thrall Avenue just before 3 p.m. for the report of a person being that had been bit by a dog.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found 95-year-old Janet D’Aleo of Enfield suffering from life-threatening injuries after the attack.

D’Aleo was brought to Baystate Medical Center in Massachusetts where she died.

Police said the male pit bull pointer mix dog was quarantined pending further investigation.

D'Aleo was a visitor at the Suffield home when she was bitten, according to police. 

However, the dog owner says that's not the whole story.

Annie Hornish said the dog, Dexter, went to greet D'Aleo and knocked her over, saying it was the fall that killed her.

Hornish admits the dog bit D'Aleo, but said it happened when a nurses aid in the house thought the dog was attacking their friend and was trying to get him away from her.

The medical examiners office said the 95-year-old's death was caused by the dog bite, but Hornish said she wants an autopsy.

"We feel that our dog was greeting in an exuberant fashion and knocked her down, and we believe it was the fall that may have killed her," Hornish said.

The incident remains under investigation by the Suffield Police Department.

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Ms. Hornish should be held accountable to the highest degree both financially & legally. She was NOT a witness, and her spin of facts as a public servant is utterly disgraceful. Hundreds of people are mauled and torn to pieces by the Pitbull breed: the one thing many of them have in common, is the legal owner attempting to lessen the degree of culpability by spinning the attack into an accidental scenario, or by blaming the victim. A dog tearing into a person's flesh 'beyond one bite' is NOT an accident, it is intentional and driven by the dogs desire to complete an internal drive. Pitbulls were bred to take down and destroy a target; Ann Hornish's Pit bull was successful. As a public servant- Ms. Hornish's ability to improperly evaluate her own culpability towards a citizen who was a victim of a terrible crime, should be so noted and held up to the light when future public service is considered. In light with her connection to the Humane Society of the United States, her lack of ability with the identification of vicious animals should be taken into consideration. It is obvious she is having trouble identifying vicious dogs, even when they live with her.

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