This article was last modified on February 16, 2009.

Horse Kicks Woman in the Face

A pit bull attacked a horse in LaValle, Wisconsin, a town in lightly populated Sauk County, which reacted by kicking a woman in the face.

LouAnne M. Okapal, 53 (misrepresented in the newspapers as 55), was putting a saddle on the horse Saturday morning, February 14, 2009, just before 11 a.m. when the dog attacked. The sheriff’s department says the horse kicked Okapal, causing “severe facial injuries.”

Ms. Okapal had lived at 502 Lake Street, in nearby Baraboo, as of May 2007. It is unclear if she had since moved, and if not, why her horse was kept in LaValle.

A responding deputy found the dog “hanging from the horse’s face.” The deputy fired bean-bag rounds at the dog but it refused to let go. Then the deputy fired his gun once at the dog, which finally released its grip.

Okapal was taken to Reedsburg Area Medical Center where she remained as of 4:30 p.m., a nursing supervisor said. Her condition was not critical, the supervisor said, but she declined to give an exact condition.

Sauk County Animal Control took the dog to a veterinarian for treatment. A second veterinarian treated the horse at the scene. Both animals are expected to recover from their injuries.

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