Elderly woman, her dog attacked by bear in Sparta, New Jersey, police say

SPARTA – An 81-year-old woman suffered only minor injuries, police said, as she freed her dog from a bear’s claws on Monday night.

NJ.com reported that the woman told police she left her pets outside and at one point the bear pounced on the dog.

Police called to the scene at the Sparta home were able to locate the dog and take it to an animal hospital, according to the report, but the animal’s condition was not known as of Tuesday morning.

The woman was taken to Newton Medical Center, according to the report.

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Police said the Environmental Protection Department’s Fisheries and Wildlife Division had been called in to investigate.

Further details could be released later Tuesday.

Patrick Lavery is the anchor for the New Jersey 101.5 afternoon news. Follow it on Twitter @ plavery1015 or send an email to [email protected]

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