The 84-year-old Gloucester man who was attacked by a German Shepherd mix dog at his daughter's home Friday remained in serious condition at a Boston hospital Monday evening, according to hospital spokeswoman.
John Gibson, who was living with his daughter, Jill Frenette, and her husband at 40 Lawndale Circle, was apparently first attacked by the family's dog Friday at about 11:30 a.m. while he was at the home alone, according to the police report obtained Monday.
According to the report, Frenette discovered Gibson "mangled" on the kitchen floor when she returned home at about 2:15 p.m. Police said Frenette then wrangled the dog out of the house and into a fenced-in area of her backyard and called 911.
Frenette told police the dog "has acted up in the past," but had been well-behaved recently, according to the police report. Rescue personnel at the scene on Friday had said the dog had bitten Gibson last year, though not nearly as seriously as in Friday's attack.
According to police, Gibson told his daughter that he was apparently feeding chips of ice to the German Shepherd mix when the dog jumped on him, knocking him down, then continuing to maul him.
Gibson was transported by MedFlight to Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center in Boston Friday afternoon. A spokeswoman there confirmed Monday that he was listed in serious condition, but said she could not otherwise elaborate. Rescuers on Friday had said that Gibson suffered serious injuries to his back, legs and arms and had lost a lot of blood.
The German Shepherd mix was turned over to animal control officers at the scene Friday, according to police. No update was available Monday in the status of the dog.
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