Letting the dogs out. What could go wrong?
For Denise Clawson of South Orange, N.J., it turns out the painful answer is plenty, and it landed her in the hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries.
The 64-year-old bank records manager was at her son’s home in Bushkill, Pike County, in May with her 13-year-old grandson and it was time to let the family’s two dogs out into the backyard. Exiting the home onto a second-story deck, they started down the stairs to the yard. Each had one dog on a leash.
But dogs being dogs, the canines spied something and bolted into the yard. The dog held by Clawson pulled her off the steps about four steps from the bottom, sending her crashing to the ground. “As soon as I hit, I heard the bones break,” recalls Clawson. She had her grandson collect the dogs and get them back into the house and told him to call 911. “I knew I wasn’t getting up off the ground,” she says.