Caren Henry of Grimes was walking their dog Kandy the evening of April 28 near rural Madrid when a 50- to 60-pound Labrador mix came racing across a yard and attacked her, WHO-TV, Des Moines, reported Saturday. The dog bit her on the thigh and abdomen before chomping off half her nose and then going after Kandy, she said.
Laine Henry drove up as the attack was under way and leaped into action.
"Caren turned and looked at me and I seen her face was nothing but blood, so I bit the dog literally in the nose and he let go, and I grabbed our dog and I grabbed her and I put them in our pickup and took off," he said.
Caren Henry will need several reconstructive surgeries to fix her nose and Laine is recovering from a bite to his arm.
"It could have been a lot worse, he could have got my neck, he could have taken my eye," Caren said.