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Dog attacks owner who is believed to be pregnant

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A Toledo woman is in the hospital after her dog attacked her. Police said if they hadn't gotten there when they did the outcome of the attack might have been very different. 

Neighbors tried to avert the dog's attention away from the woman, who is believed to be pregnant. 

"A real big pit bull was just attacking her like trying to rip her arm off," said Margie Troiano, a neighbor of the victim. "So, we tried hitting the fence to try to get it to get off of her, but it didn't want to get off."

Neighbors then tried stabbing the dog, identified as a pit bull by the Dog Warden. It would not release its grip on the woman.

"The dog had her for about 15 minutes before anyone showed up," Troiano said. 

Firefighters arrived and had to physically and forcefully break the dog's grip.

"When the firemen got here I understand that they had to get the dog off of her and it (the dog) sustained some injuries," said Julie Lyle, Lucas County Dog Warden. 

The dog got away and hid under a wood pile near the home. 

The owner was taken to St. Vincent Hospital by ambulance to be treated for the bite wounds.

"We don't have any idea at this point. I don't think that it's a fatal injury, but I think she is severally injured, is what we are understanding at this point," said Lyle.

The Lucas County Dog Warden tranquilized the pit bull to safely remove the dog from the yard.

The Dog Warden said the pit bull will be held in quarantine. 

"He'll be held for 10 days at the pound and they send them over to use and then he will be euthanized at that time," Lyle said. 

Neighbors knew the dog wasn't the friendliest, but they are surprised this happened.

"They've always taken good care of the dog and kept it chained up. So, I don't know if the dog just turned on them or what," Troiano said. 

At this point we do have an update on the woman's condition. If you suspect a dangerous dog, officials encourage you to call your local Dog Warden. 

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