Originally created 06/02/01

Poodle bites off owner's lip



WARNER ROBINS, Ga. - A pet poodle chewed off a woman's bottom lip while she was in a drug-induced sleep, police said.

The 47-year-old woman fell asleep after taking a painkiller May 24 and awoke the next day to find her lip missing. Police said they found traces of blood around the poodle's mouth.

The woman told police she often allowed the 1-year-old poodle, Shorty, to lick her lips after she drank sweet tea. She also told them Shorty had taken her false teeth out of her mouth while she slept several weeks ago and chewed them up.

The woman's family says an unknown chemical caused the lip injury. But doctors found no trace of chemicals on tissue samples, said Warner Robins police Detective Karen Stokes.

The woman was treated at and released from a hospital in Warner Robins, just south of Macon in middle Georgia. Surgeons will take skin from her buttocks to reconstruct the lip, Detective Stokes said.