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Peru Woman Suffers Serious Dog Bite Injuries

By John T. Ryan

Peru – Lifelong Peru resident Loretta Timmons (80) is a patient at UVM Medical Center in Burlington. She is a victim of a horrific dog-biting incident at 3:45 Friday afternoon outside her 778 Union Road home. Mrs. Timmons was attacked as she checked her mail. Three dogs owned by Michael James of 781 Union Road were involved in the incident. One of the dogs, an American Bulldog, has a biting history. That dog was euthanized this afternoon.

The NYS Police have an open case on the incident. Peru Town Control Officer David Drollette said he is issuing nine tickets: Three for having dogs running at large, three for having dogs not licensed in the Town of Peru and three for the actual attack.

Mrs. Timmons’ daughter-in-law, Michelle Duprey Timmons, just posted this hopeful Facebook message.

“I have been conflicted about posting about this because my mother in law is an incredibly private person but due to the outpouring of support we wanted to publicly thank everyone and update. My mother in law was mauled by three dog. We are unsure how many bit her but it caused significant facial injuries. They life flighted her to VT immediately. After a 5+ hour surgery that went better than expected she is making great progress. She is awake and alert and beginning to communicate with us. She is improving nicely. We again thank you for the unbelievable support and will keep everyone updated. This has been an incredibly trying 24 hours for our family and please keep the positive vibes and prayers coming. She will need them as we move into a long recovery.”

10/20/17 Correction made to the number of tickets issued. David Drollette issued nine tickets, not seven as originally stated. 


Comment from Gary & Barb Harris
Time September 23, 2017 at 8:20 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with her

Comment from Sandra Gagnier
Time September 23, 2017 at 8:54 pm

So sad and scary! I hope Mrs. Timmons heals quickly. Lots of prayers and my Mass tomorrow for her healing.

Comment from Candace roberts
Time September 23, 2017 at 9:03 pm

I am so sorry. Prayers for healing physically and emotionally

Comment from Brian Shields
Time September 23, 2017 at 9:03 pm

Sure hope your going to be ok..Must have been a very terrible experience..My son eas bitten on the head and face @ age.4…by a wolf mix breed in morrisonville..Get better quickly..

Comment from Tania Rule-Manning
Time September 23, 2017 at 10:54 pm

My husband was bitten by the American Bulldog a few years ago. Thankfully, he managed to shut the door on the dogs or it could have been much worse than 8 stitches to his leg!! I think the dog should have been put down then, it had a prior history of biting!

Comment from Cherie Plumadore
Time September 24, 2017 at 5:25 am

Many prayers sent,just horrible.

Comment from mary seymour
Time September 24, 2017 at 5:40 am

my thoughts are with her and my prays. Hope for recovery for her. That is so sad that the dogs got her. Sure hope you are going to be okay my comfort to the family and Ms. Timmons

Comment from Kristy
Time September 24, 2017 at 7:46 am

Hope you are on the mend , prayers are with you and your loved ones!

Comment from Susan & Chris Luck
Time September 24, 2017 at 8:08 am

So shocked & saddened to hear of this! Please know we are wishing a rapid recovery for Mrs. Timmons, may she have comfort in the knowledge that we are keeping her in our thoughts and prayers. Be well

Comment from Gwen Donah
Time September 24, 2017 at 9:06 am

So sorry,I would have been scared to death. They should have those dogs taken away from them.They are not responsible or they would have been tied,licensed and not had a dog that bites! I pray that recovery is fast.

Comment from Patricia pugh
Time September 24, 2017 at 10:25 am

Oh no! So sorry to hear all of this! Praying for a speedy recovery! And it’s not the dogs fault, it’s the owner who should be held responsible , if you have dogs that aren’t good with people you MUST take extra precaution !

Comment from Rita Rock
Time September 24, 2017 at 10:31 am

Hope you get well soon! That had to be the worst thing!

Comment from Brenda
Time September 24, 2017 at 10:56 am

Horrified to read this news! I am sending thoughts and prayers for her speedy recovery. My God bless you all.

Comment from Beverly & Bob Hall
Time September 24, 2017 at 12:36 pm

Such a horrible thing to happen to Mrs. Timmons. We will keep her in our thoughts and prayers!

Comment from Joyce Riggs
Time September 24, 2017 at 12:58 pm

What an irresponsible dog owner !!He should have jail time
and pay for this horrific act that he allowed to happen to such a beautiful woman.
Sending my thoughts and prayers to you Loretta.
Joyce Riggsk

Comment from Ryanj
Time September 24, 2017 at 5:10 pm

Hi Brenda,

All people with remarks must include their last name per our published policy.

Thank you!

John Ryan

Comment from Ryanj
Time September 24, 2017 at 5:11 pm

Hi Brenda,

All people commenting on a story must include their last name per our published policy.

John Ryan

Comment from Jan Dahlen
Time September 24, 2017 at 5:21 pm

Timmons family, so very sorry about this. Hoping for a speedy and full recovery for your mother.

Comment from Nell Sherman
Time September 24, 2017 at 11:12 pm

Loretta, I’m so sorry you had to go through that; it was horrific, I’m sure! Wishing you a speedy recovery!

Comment from Jeffrey. P.Barrett Sr
Time September 25, 2017 at 7:51 am

Owners should be held accountable for their dogs actions,

Comment from Stacy Doner
Time September 25, 2017 at 11:00 pm

There is a lease law that your to keep your dogs on a lease at all times or under control and they shouldn’t have bitten mrs.timmens in the face if they had there dogs under control it’s there punishment now and they have to deal with it

Comment from Phil Reding
Time October 1, 2017 at 12:58 pm

Awful and totally preventable tragedy. I wish the best for the victim and hope the full force of the law is brought against the dogs’ owner.

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