NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A woman was attacked by a pit bull in New Haven on Tuesday.
According to city officials, the woman is 78-years-old and suffered severe injuries to her head, neck, back of the head and both arms in the attack.
New Haven Fire Chief John Alston said the victim is the landlord at the property on 93-95 Hubinger Street where it happened and the pit bull belonged to a new tenant. Alston said the new tenant was attempting to acclimate the dog and make introductions when the attack happened in the backyard at around 1:20 p.m. Neighbors came rushing to her aid.
“I heard someone screaming and I got concerned because I wasn’t sure what was going on and they were screaming call the police, call the police,” said neighbor Mary Weir.
Weir said she and another neighbor provided first aid at the scene.
“I ran out and saw the person was bleeding so I, you know, she went and got towels and I went and got some gloves and we held pressure to make sure she didn’t move because I didn’t know if there was any problem with her neck,” said Weir.
Weir said the woman was conscious when she was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital. Alston said family was with her at the hospital where a plastic surgeon is reviewing her case. The woman sustained non-life threatening injuries, but medical officials are calling them serious due to her age and her significant blood loss. Police say she remains in critical condition at the hospital.
“She’s quite the fighter. She has wounds to both arms so she fought off the dog and neighbors assisted,” said Chief Alston.
Police have not released the woman’s identity.
New Haven Police Department Animal Control has quarantined the dog at the animal shelter. According to the patrol supervisor who responded to the incident, the dog’s owner has not been charged since the encounter between the dog and the victim was not as a result of a loose animal and was on private property.
The investigation is ongoing.
News 8 will update this story as details become available.