Nova Scotia

Dog-attack victim returns home to Yarmouth

A Nova Scotia woman attacked by a dog last weekend has returned home after undergoing surgery in Halifax.

A Nova Scotia woman attacked by a dog last weekend has returned to her hometown after undergoing surgery in Halifax.

Noella Ann McIntosh is back in Yarmouth, and a friend said her physical and mental recovery is just beginning.

McIntosh suffered serious injuries to her face, neck and upper body. She was released from hospital in Halifax on Saturday and transferred to a hospital in Yarmouth, her friend Lorraine Hamilton said. 

McIntosh underwent surgery while in Halifax and will have to return for more plastic surgery, Hamilton said.

"She can't walk yet. She is able to communicate, she can speak," Hamilton said. "She can communicate with you and she is going to be getting back together."

Hamilton has set up a trust fund to help McIntosh as she recovers. Donations can be made at any Bank of Montreal branch.

"Noella's got a long haul ahead of her. She's going to have to have more trips to Halifax for plastic surgery and stuff like that," she said.

The dog, thought to be a pit bull, attacked the woman after she walked into a building on Main Street on March 26. She fled outside, but the dog chased her and continued to maul her.

RCMP officers responded and pulled the dog off McIntosh before it was shot dead.

"I was there when it happened and those two Mounties … deserve a medal as far as I'm concerned," Hamilton said.

Police are investigating and it's not yet clear if charges will be laid.