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Photos of suspect, victim’s dog released in case of woman beaten with spiked weapon

Woman’s dog in patrol car, safe and sound
Woman’s dog in patrol car, safe and sound Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department

A woman was beaten with a spiked Medieval-like weapon early Monday morning in a neighborhood near Madison Avenue and Interstate 80.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department said a patrol deputy was driving on Garfield Avenue near Auburn Boulevard about 4:15 a.m. Monday when he spotted what looked like bodies in the street.

The deputy found a woman in her 50s who told him that she was carrying her dog from her home to her boyfriend’s residence when a man attacked her with the Medieval-like weapon. The man threatened to kill her, she told the deputy.

An earlier report that the dog had been killed proved not to be true, according to the sheriff’s department.

The woman ran from the attacker but he caught up and beat her with a weapon that incorporated a spiked ball, according to the sheriff’s department. The sheriff’s department described the weapon as a club with a spiked ball on the end.

The woman was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. Travis Lanning, 34, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

The dog, a chubby dachshund mix, was later found alive. The dog seems to be okay.

A veterinarian was unable to tell if back tenderness in the animal was due to being hit in the Monday morning attack or a symptom of old age in a pooch with a long back and short legs.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.