LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — A Nevada woman remains hospitalized Monday after her dog attacked her and was later shot and killed by police.
The dog attack was reported at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday at Carson Street and Norse Way, where responding officers found a 51-year-old woman screaming for help. Her pit bull was a few feet away from her.
Bystanders had tried to pull the dog off the woman, but were unsuccessful, police said.
The woman had suffered dog bites all over her arms and legs, and her clothing had been partially ripped from her body, according to Long Beach police. But with the dog so close by, paramedics could not approach to help her.
When the dog became more aggressive and began to advance, officers fired a 40mm rubber bullet to drive him away, while a second officer fired his gun at the dog and hit it. It ran across the street, giving paramedics room to treat the woman.
Officers tried to get control of the dog by using a stun gun on it. When the dog tried to come back to the area where the woman was being treated, officers shot the dog a second time, killing it.
The woman was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Police say the dog had a history of violent behavior toward people in Nevada.