Hot Springs Village woman Joan Kappen killed, another mauled by dog in Hot Springs Village

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    HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, Ark. (KTHV) - Hot Springs Village police said a woman was killed and another was attacked by a dog Thursday morning.

    "She could not have been a better person to know and I don't know how I'm going to get over it," said Hans Kappen, husband of Joan Kappen, the woman killed.

    Chief Gary Adams said around 7:40 a.m., Kappen, 75, was walking by a home on Ornado Lane when a bull mastiff attacked her. She died of her injuries.

    "We've walked the streets for about six years and knew people down there," said Hans Kappen.

    The dog's owner was not home, but another person was taking care of it. Adams said the dogsitter had let the animal out of the house, then heard screams and tried to help the woman, but couldn't get control of the dog. The sitter was also injured, and as of Friday afternoon, Chief Gary Adams said she suffered some deep puncture wounds but is expected to make a full recovery.

    "I was surprised. My wife wasn't even dead five minutes (and) I heard that they (dog owner) already had lawyers.  Not one word of condolence for my wife.  What is this country coming to?" said Hans Kappen.

    Adams said the dog was picked up by animal control and the family signed off on euthanization.

    Hot Springs Village is a Property Owner's Association community with no ordinances for dogs. Because of that, Adams said no charges will be filed, however there could be policy violation citations.

    The Saline County Sheriff's Office was notified of the incident.

    Chief Adams said Friday that police are trying to determine any charges will be made against the dog's owner.

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