Chalmette - A 51 year-old woman was rushed to the hospital Friday afternoon after she was attacked by a pitbull.
A spokesman with the St. Bernard Sheriff's Department says the woman was visiting a friend in the 300 block of W. Virtue when the dog attacked her. She sustained serious injuries to her chest and face. She was taken to University Hospital in New Orleans.
The dog was removed from the home and taken to the the St. Bernard Animal Shelter. It is unclear if the dog's owner will be cited.
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Update May 28, 2010 9:40pm - NewOrleans.com is reporting that the woman was bitten on the face, chest, and arm.
The victim, whose name wasn't released, was in serious but stable condition after the 4 p.m. attack by a family dog in the home of friend Dawn Hammers at the 300 block of West Virtue St., just west of Paris Road. She required surgery at University Hospital in New Orleans.
The owner of the dog accompanied her friend who was taken by ambulance to the hospital after being mauled.
The pit bull was signed over to the parish animal shelter by the Hammers family after the attack and the animal will be euthanized and tested for rabies.
The women were out front talking when the visitor asked to use a restroom. When she went inside the residence she was attacked by the family's pit bull who was being kept in the rear yard, but found a way to get into the house through a back door.
No charges or citations were filed because the dog was in the yard and the home and hadn't been running free, which is illegal. No one else was injured in the incident.
"It appears this unfortunate attack may have gone on for as long as 10 or more minutes'' as Dawn Hammers attempted unsuccessfully to free her friend from the dog, Deputy Sheriff James Pohlmann said. He said it wasn't until Hammers reached her husband, who was about five minutes away and rushed home, that he was able to pull the animal from the victim.
The husband said the dog had never attacked a person before but had fought raccoons once.