The party was winding down when it happened. The young woman had shown up at Lindsay Olender's Brooklin home at about 3 a.m. as a guest of someone else. Visibly drunk, she'd been lying on the living room floor playing with Ms. Olender's nine-year-old dog, a yellow lab named Symba.
Then something happened. The dog bit the young woman, and all of a sudden there was blood pouring from a wound on her face. A friend rushed her to the hospital for treatment. Ms. Olender was assured in a phone call the young woman would be OK.