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Woman attacked by pit bull; owner injured when dog shot dead

Posted 9:48 a.m. Thursday

— A woman in Rochester, New York, remains hospitalized with what police describe as "horrific" injuries after she was mauled by a pit bull before officers shot and killed the dog.

Police say 33-year-old Maria Schaffer is in guarded condition at a hospital Thursday, a day after she was attacked by a pit bull outside a home in Rochester. Officials say she suffered multiple wounds including extensive injuries to her arm.

Authorities say when police arrived about 1 a.m. Wednesday, Schaffer was naked and being mauled by the dog at the end of a driveway. Police say three officers fired several rounds at the animal, killing it but also wounding the dog's owner, 34-year-old Jamie Cruz.

He suffered a gunshot wound to the torso and is in guarded condition.


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