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Teen tried to stop dog attack; victim funeral arrangements set


WATERLOO (KWWL) -- An 18-year-old neighbor boy apparently tried to save 3-year-old Vanessa Husmann from two rottweilers when they tried to attack him.

Blake Muller called 911 to report the attack after he apparently saw what unfolded in the little girl's back yard. 

"I've got a call in Hopkinton of a little girl being attacked by a dog behind 207 2nd Street.  Do I need to send an ambulance there" the 911 dispatcher said.

"Yes. Right now," Muller said in the recorded phone call.

We've chosen not to play the remainder of the 911 call on the air.  If you choose, you can click here to listen to the entire 911 call.  Muller tells dispatchers that the little girl was injured and that he'd notified the owners, who arrived before the call ended.  Muller thought Vanessa Husmann was okay.  But emergency crews took her to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Since the attack, Vanessa Husmann's mother has released a statement about what happened.  She says the 3-year-old was never left alone with the dogs, and that the dogs must have gotten out somehow on Saturday, possibly by digging under the fence.

Funeral arrangements have now been set.  The wake is set for 4 p.m. Thursday at St. Luke's Church in Hopkinton.  The funeral will be a 2 p.m. Friday, also at St. Luke's. 

Meanwhile, the Hopkinton City Council has not yet decided whether to ban people in the community from owning rottweilers.  Monday night, it tabled the measure, saying it wanted to allow the family to grieve before making any decisions.

KWWL Reporter:  Kera Mashek



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