A Cincinnati woman was saved from a vicious dog attack on Friday by a pedestrian who was passing by, saw the attack, pulled out his gun, fatally shot the dog, and kept on walking.
The attack happened in the 2100 block of Selim Avenue in East Price Hill about noon on Feb. 21.
Cincinnati police officers later said the dog had broken free from its chain in a nearby backyard.
A U.S. Postal Service mail carrier was trying to pull the dog off the woman as it began biting her, witnesses said, but the dog would not let go.
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According to investigators, as the mail carrier struggled unsuccessfully with the dog to stop the attack, another man was walking down the street at the time, pulled out a gun, shot and killed the dog.
The shooter then continued walking down the street, police said.
Neighbors said they did not recognize the man who shot the Pit Bull.
“I see a dog attacking this lady and..I see a man come out and he's helping her and the dog would not let go. So I hear shots and I see shots...‘Oh my god,’ so it was horrible,” neighbor Radonda Sechrest told a WLWT News reporter.
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Officers said the victim was hospitalized and treated for her injuries but is expected to be OK.
The woman did not want to be identified. She had bite marks on her arms and legs and said she thought she was going to die.
The dog's owner said her dog got loose and the victim was initially trying to help her get it back. She said the man who shot her dog did the right thing.
Police agreed that the shooter didn’t do anything wrong and would not be charged with a crime.
The dog’s body was taken to the Hamilton County Health Department for rabies testing.
Neighbor Monica McDade had a message for dog owners, "Watch your dogs, put them on a leash. We don't want anyone to have to go through this. It happens all the time and it needs to stop. If you're going to get a pet, take care of it."