Pit bull killed by officer after biting woman’s neck, dragging her, Enfield police say

Animals and Wildlife

ENFIELD, Conn. (WWLP) — A woman was seriously hurt late Tuesday afternoon after a big dog attacked her several times in Enfield leading to an on-duty officer shooting and killing it, according to police. 

The Enfield Police Department said the officer was responding to a call on Spring Street around 4:30 p.m. when the officer saw the dog — described as a large pit bull — attack the woman nearby.  

Police said the officer approached the injured woman while the dog was still biting her foot and noticed she had “severe lacerations/tissue damage.”

The dog’s owners were in the area and were able to briefly stop the pit bull from further attacking the woman by pouring hot water on it. Police said the dog then lunged at the woman’s neck area, bit her and began to pull her back into the front yard of the property from the sidewalk. 

To avoid any further injuries to the woman, Enfield police said the officer “dispatched the dog.” Police did not say whether the dog was on a leash.

The woman was treated by EMS personnel for serious injuries. Her condition is unknown.

“The Enfield Police Department wishes to stress that action[s] such as this is taken only under extraordinary circumstances. This outcome, while unfortunate, appears to have been unavoidable from any further harm or additional injury.”

The incident is still under review.

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