Police Hunt Dogs That Mauled Woman

By Greg Cergol
|  Friday, Sep 30, 2011  |  Updated 6:15 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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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.

The darker-colored dog was shot and killed by police; the 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.

One dog, about 90 pounds, was shot to death on the empty school playground. The other escaped into the woods. It is described as light brown with white markings on its face.

It weighs more than 70 pounds and, according to police, it may have just given birth. Its mammary glands are said to be enlarged.

"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 are patrolling the North Merrick area, and Hempstead town animal control officers have set traps to capture the dog.

The woman is in an induced coma at Nassau University Medical Center and is critical but stable, according to the hospital.

"She's doing all right," said family friend Amanda Hertzka.  "They were able to salvage her left arm.  There's tissue damage but she's going to be okay."

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 radio transmissions, obtained by NBC New York, captured the frantic moments after the attack.

"Walking by the school!  A female severely ripped up," shouts one officer. "Two pit bulls are still on the loose!"

"Both are vicious," adds a dispatcher. "All units be advised."

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

"I saw a dog trying to pull open a garbage bag at the curb," said Barbara Box, after driving her husband to work.

To prevent further injury, police have been monitoring the comings and goings of schoolchildren in the area. The warning for everyone is simple -- be cautious.

"Any time an animal is approaching you in a threatening way, stand tall, talk loudly, and get away as quickly as possible," said Hempstead animal shelter director Cindy Iacopella.

 

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