Police in Shari, Hokkaido, said Tuesday that a 79-year-old woman has died after she was bitten by her own dog.
At around 11 a.m. on Monday, a male passerby placed an emergency call when he spotted a woman bleeding after being mauled by the dog, Fuji TV reported. The woman, Tsuneko Imano, was bitten in several places, including her right arm and shoulder. She was transported to a hospital in Kitami City, but died from hemorrhagic shock due to massive blood loss from the bite wounds.
According to reports from local police, the dog that attacked Imano was a three-year-old male Akita dog, measuring 1 meter in length and 0.8 meters in height. At the time of the incident, the dog was 10 meters from the home’s entrance, connected by a chain about 2.5 meters in length to a pole beside the doghouse.
Imano lived with her husband and son but she was alone at the time of the attack. The dog was taken away by municipal authorities.
Shari is located in Okhotsk Subprefecture.© Japan Today