A Hesston woman was critically injured Monday when her pitbull attacked her in her home.
The name of the woman was not released.
A Chihuahua that also belonged to the woman became entangled in some string at the woman’s home about 2:40 p.m. Monday in the Country Village Trailer Park in the 400 block of East Hickory in Hesston.
The victim told police she tried to help the Chihuahua. She thought the pit bull must have thought she was trying to hurt the smaller dog.
She said she thought the dog attacked in defense of the Chihuahua, Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder said.
The woman was bitten in multiple areas around her body and was taken by Hesston EMS to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita in critical condition, said Russ Buller, Hesston director of emergency services.
Schroeder said the animal was seized and will be under observation for 10 days to see if it has rabies or other diseases.
Pitbulls are prohibited in the city of Hesston, so the woman will not be allowed to keep the pet at her residence.
Schroeder said the city prosecutor will decide if there will be a determination hearing to decide if the dog is vicious and should be put down or if the pitbull can be returned to its owner under the stipulation it is not kept within the city limits.