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  • UPATE: Deputies shoot, kill pit bull after it attacked woman

  • A woman was attacked and injured, while a pit bull was shot and killed by police on Tuesday, the Bay County Sheriff's Office reported.
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  • CALLAWAY — Deputies shot and killed a pit bull early Tuesday morning after it attacked a Callaway woman and then charged the officers as they were trying to treat her injuries, according to the Bay County Sheriff’s Office.
    The victim of the attack, a 58-year-old woman whose name has not been released, was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries, BCSO reported in a news release. Her condition as of Tuesday evening was unclear; she underwent an emergency surgery following the attack, during which she lost a significant amount of blood, BCSO reported.
    The first deputy to respond to 7207 Hardwood Court arrived at about 9 a.m. to find the woman being attacked by a tan pit bull. As the officer approached, the dog retreated momentarily and jumped over the fence back into his nearby yard as the officer began rendering aid to the woman. The deputy noticed the body of a smaller dog near the attack scene, dead from wounds it appeared to have sustained in an attack, BCSO reported.
    “The deputy started rendering aid, because the female was injured pretty severely — a lot of profuse bleeding,” said BCSO Maj. Tommy Ford. “There was a smaller dog, and it appears the pit bull attacked the smaller dog and she was trying to ward it off.”
    Family members later confirmed the small dog belonged to the victim, BCSO reported.
    Two other BCSO deputies arrived to assist the victim and noticed the pit bulls’ aggressive posture. The two additional deputies then began maintaining cover for the victim and the officer rendering her aid. The dog then jumped the fence and aggressively advanced upon them.
    “It appeared the dog intended to attack the deputies or victim again, coming back over the fence toward them,” Ford said.
    The deputies fired upon the dog to protect themselves and the victim. The dog died at the scene.
    EMS transported the victim to a local hospital with serious injuries for emergency surgery. Once deputies have processed and documented the scene, Bay County Animal Control will take possession of the dog’s body.
    None of the officers were injured in the incident. Ford said BCSO will be conducting a “professional standards” review of the shooting, but none of the officers will be placed on leave as the investigation is underway.
    “We send our Internal Affairs in to investigate whether the deputies were justified in using force against the dog,” Ford added. “Everything looks like it was a justified situation at this point.”
    The attack was still under investigation Tuesday afternoon, and it was not yet clear whether the dog’s owner could face charges.
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    Page 2 of 2 - CALLAWAY — A woman was attacked and injured, while a pit bull was shot and killed by police on Tuesday, the Bay County Sheriff’s Office reported.
    A BCSO deputy arrived at 8:56 a.m. to 7207 Hardwood Court to find a 58-year-old woman being attacked by a tan pit bull. The dog retreated and jumped over the fence back into his yard.
    The deputy noticed the body of a small dog near the attack scene, dead from an apparent attack, and the family confirmed it belonged to the victim.
    Two other BCSO deputies arrived to assist the victim and the dog jumped the fence and aggressively advanced upon them. The deputies fired upon the dog to protect themselves and the victim. The dog died at the scene.
    EMS transported the victim to a local hospital with serious injuries for emergency surgery.
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