Coney Island, NY Attacked By Bull Dog, Aug 1908
OPERA SINGER NEARLY KILLED BY A BULL DOG.
MISS EMILY GARDNER AT MERCY OF INFURIATED BEAST.
NOW IN CRITICAL CONDITION.
LAST YEAR'S PRIMA DONNA OF THE ABORN COMPANY HAS LEGS AND ARMS BADLY BITTEN -- SAVED WHEN STRENGTH IS GONE.
New York, Aug. 3. -- MISS EMILY GARDNER, prima donna of the Aborn Opera Company last year, was in the Reception Hospital at Coney Island to-day, suffering from wounds inflicted by an angry bulldog, which attacked her in her home at Coney Island last night. MISS GARDNER'S injuries are so severe that her condition today was regarded as critical.
The bulldog is the property of MISS GARDNER'S housekeeper, who left the GARDNER cottage last night after placing the dog and a litter of puppies in the pantry. MISS GARDNER, who was in great fear of the dog and was unaware of its presence in the pantry, entered that room last evening, whereupon the bulldog sprang upon her, fastening its teeth in her left arm below the elbow.
Screaming with fright, the singer endeavered to fight off the angry dog, but the animal tore the arm, lacerating it terribly, snapped at MISS GARDNER'S right hand, nearly biting off two fingers and biting her severely about the legs. Weak with pain and terror, MISS GARDNER fell to the floor, but the dog continued his attack upon her.
In the meantime neighbors, attracted by MISS GARDNER'S screams, forced their way into the cottage, and the dog was driven off and the injured singer was removed to the hospital.
The dog is under observation to determine whether it has the rabies, but it is believed that the animal is healthy.
The Post-Standard Syracuse New York 1908-08-04