Loved ones mourn loss of Myrtle Point woman killed in dog attack

By Grace Smith

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MYRTLE POINT, Ore.-- Friends and family members of Amber LaBelle, the Myrtle Point woman killed in a dog attack Friday, are mourning the loss.

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The incident happened on the 1700 block of Spruce Street where LaBelle lived with her two daughters.

Neighbor April Shaw said she heard screaming and rushed to help out. Shaw said LaBelle's daughter ran outside yelling for someone to call 911 and it was a bloody scene.

"It was a pretty bad scene," said Shaw. "We had another neighbor holding a dog back, a pretty big dog, and I just ran past the dog and ran straight to Amber. She was unresponsive at the time."

Neighbors said LaBelle was lifeflighted to Riverbend Hospital in Springfield where she went into surgery. From there, she was reportedly put on life support and given 24 hours to live.

Unfortunately, LaBelle passed away the next morning at 4 a.m.

A friend of LaBelle, Jess Allen, said her daughters meant everything to her.

"She went way too young," Allen said. "I hope for the best for her girls and they can cope with it."

Neighbors also said LaBelle did not own the dog. They also said the dog was a grey pit bull.

However, Myrtle Point Police said the dog was known to LaBelle and it was not a random attack.

LeBelle's ex-boyfriend and father of her children, Josef Dieckman, told KEZI she was a great mother. 

"One thing that I would want people to know is the very last thing she did on this Earth was save the lives of her children," Dieckman said. "I will be eternally grateful for that."

Dieckman said LeBelle yelled for her children to get out of the house when the dog first attacked. 

"At this point, an investigation has been launched and is ongoing," said Myrtle Point Police Chief Scott Robinson.

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