JOLIET – A woman was mauled by two pit bulls Sunday night on the far west side of Joliet.
Deputy Police Chief Ed Gregory said the 27-year-old Crest Hill woman had gone to her father's house in the 1500 block of Cumberland Drive while he was out of town.
"The pit bulls were supposed to be at that residence. They didn't wander in from another yard, but it's unclear if her father is the dogs' owner," Gregory said Monday.
According to Gregory, the victim told police she was cleaning up the enclosed backyard about 8:10 p.m. when the dogs "attacked her without warning."
A woman who lives in the next block called 911 and a police officer arrived to find the woman "covered in blood, laying on the ground in the backyard with one dog biting her head and the other clamping down on her legs," Gregory said.
The officer "feared for the woman's life" and shot the dog that was biting her legs in the side by its' hindquarters, Gregory said. Both animals took off running after the shot was fired and the officer stood between them and the victim until she could be loaded into an ambulance.
The woman was taken to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet with injuries to her head, face, arms and legs. She is expected to survive, but her condition was not available Monday.
The dog that was shot died a short time later. Animal Control officers took it and the living dog from the scene, Gregory said.