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Mauling victim has deep wounds but no ill will

Paula Ybarra of Minneapolis does not blame the two dogs or their owner for last week’s attack that left her eating through a tube inher nose and unable to speak.

By Chao Xiong, Star Tribune
Last update: April 03, 2007

Paula Ybarra remembers her longtime friend telling her to be mindful of his two dogs before she entered his house last week.
The next thing she can recall is waking up two days later after surgery to repair her throat. There was a hole in her throat. She couldn’t speak. One dog — a 150-plus pound American bulldog named Bobo — had clamped down on her neck. Merlin, a smaller pit bull, had bitten down on her foot.

“I have no idea” why I was mauled, the single mother of three mouthed silently from her hospital bed Tuesday morning.

When asked if poor ownership by friend Tom Mohrbacker, 39, was responsible, Ybarra’s eyes narrowed and she shook her head emphatically. No.

In her first news interview since the attack March 26, Ybarra penned her thoughts on a notepad, unable to speak. Continue

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