School Lockdown on L.I. Amid Dog Sighting

By Pei-Sze Cheng
|  Tuesday, Oct 4, 2011  |  Updated 3:12 PM EDT
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Police on Long Island released a photo of the two pit bulls that mauled a woman Thursday, severely injuring her as she went for her morning walk around a school track.

Greg Cergol

Police on Long Island released a photo of the two pit bulls that mauled a woman Thursday, severely injuring her as she went for her morning walk around a school track.

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Dogs Maul Woman, 1 Still on Loose

Nassau County police say two dogs attacked a woman outside an elementary school in North Merrick on Thursday, and one of them is still on the loose. Greg Cergol reports.
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Schoolchildren at some Long Island schools were not allowed outside Tuesday afternoon after a dog was spotted in an area where two pit bulls mauled a woman last week.

Two elementary schools -- Old Mill Road School and Harold D. Fayette School -- along with an administrative building with a senior center and pre-K programs, were shut down as police searched for the vicious dog.

The schools had a 2:50 p.m. dismissal but children were not allowed to leave.

Police have been searching for the canine since last Thursday, when two dogs mauled the woman in Merrick as she finished her morning walk. Police shot and killed one of the dogs but the other got away.

A darker-colored dog was shot and killed by police; a light brown dog is still on the loose. Both are pictured below.

The image was pulled from a surveillance video of the actual attack captured by cameras outside the Brookside school in North Merrick.

"This dog is dangerous," said Detective Lt. Kevin Smith.  "We may have wounded it and a wounded dog should be avoided even more."

Police emergency service units have been patrolling the North Merrick area, and Hempstead town animal control officers set traps to capture the dog.

During the attack, the two dogs ripped at the victim's head, arms and legs, according to police. The  attack was unprovoked, police say.

Police and the town have received numerous dog sightings since Thursday's attack.

 

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