Woman Dies Following November Dog Attack/Seizure

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UPDATE: 39-year-old Tonia Parks has died following a November dog attack/seizure incident.

The coroner says Parks suffered a seizure at her home on Collins St. when she suffered a seizure while trying to break up a fight between her dogs.

Parks sustained a mailing injury to her head and neck as well as a bite to her jugular vein.

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Two American Bulldogs left their owner in critical condition this morning. It happened in the 3200 Block of Collins Street.

Animal Control and Rockford Police were called in. The two dogs were taken into custody and the case is still under investigation.

From the Rockford Police:

ROCKFORD (RPD) -- On 11-18-11 at about 1033 hrs, Rockford police officers were sent to the 3200 block of Collins St. to assist the Winnebago County Animal Control with a dog bite complaint.

Officers learned that the dog owner had been bitten by their own dog, and was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. The two dogs involved in this case were described as pit bulls. The dogs were taken into custody by Animal Control and the case is under investigation.

Nixel Alert By Sgt. John Hoshaw, Rockford Police Department

“This message is based on my own opinion, and does not represent the official position of the Rockford Police Department, or the City of Rockford. Arrested persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”

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