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Fox Lake woman found mauled to death by her dogs in ‘gruesome’ scene, police chief says

Police responded to a home in the 600 block of Knollwood Road in Fox Lake on Saturday for a death investigation. | Photo: Google Street View.

A 52-year-old woman was found dead at her Fox Lake home after being viciously attacked by at least one of her three dogs, police said.

Lisa Urso, 52, of the 600 block of Knollwood Road in Fox Lake, was found dead on the back porch of her residence on Saturday, according to Fox Lake Police Chief Jimmy Lee.

Urso’s co-workers went to the woman’s house after she didn’t meet up with them on Saturday as planned, Lee said, adding that officers encountered a “gruesome” scene.

It is believed that Urso died on the back porch after she escaped her home where she had been attacked by at least one of her dogs, Lee said.

Two of the woman’s three dogs had blood on them and there were signs of a struggle in the house.

Lee said that one of the woman’s dogs was previously taken away two separate times in April by Lake County Animal Care and Control after it had bitten Urso’s boyfriend. The dog was returned to the woman after she requested her dog back.

Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper said that the woman’s injuries are consistent with being attacked by a dog. An autopsy is expected to be performed on Tuesday to confirm.

All three dogs are now in the custody of animal control and investigation is ongoing, a spokeswoman for the Lake County Health Department said.

The Fox Lake Police Department, Lake County Coroner’s Office and Lake County Health Department continue to investigate the death.

Correction: An earlier version of this story listed the victim’s residence as being in Ingleside. This has been corrected.


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