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Local woman attacked by pit bull

Heather Chapin-Fowler • Jul 21, 2013 at 6:46 PM

A 73-year-old New London woman was hospitalized after being attacked by a pit-bull that escaped its owner's home Saturday evening.

The woman, a East Hooker Street resident, was walking on North Main Street at approximately 5 p.m. when the brown pit-bull charged after her, knocking her to the sidewalk, according to Officer Kris Pinkerton.

The dog bit her on her leg leaving lacerations and left scratches on her ankle while the fall injured her head and shoulder, Pinkerton said. "She had a goose egg on her head," the officer said.

The attack appears to be unprovoked, but the woman's interview was cut short so her injuries could be treated.

"All we got out of her is that she was walking on the sidewalk and the dog attacked her. She fell to the ground right away. We didn't have time to talk to her because she was taken to the hospital," Pinkerton said.

Fisher-Titus Medical Center could not provide information on the woman's condition Saturday night.

The dog's owner was cited for dog-at-large by police and ordered to quarantine the dog for 10 days. "He didn't know the dog was out," Pinkerton said.

The Huron County Dog Warden will be handling the dog's fate and whether further charges will be filed, Pinkerton added.

Police withheld names while the case is pending.

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