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Pit Bull Attacks Elderly Passaic Woman, Police Say

Authorities say a pit bull attacked and severely mauled an elderly northern New Jersey woman as she fed birds in her backyard.

Passaic police tell The Record that the pit bull and another dog were in a neighboring yard when the pit bull jumped a fence around 3 p.m. Tuesday. It then attacked the 82-year-old woman, severely injuring her left arm and right leg.

The woman managed to escape from the dog, described a mid-sized female weighing between 80 and 90 pounds, and went inside her home. The dog then jumped back over the fence into its owner’s yard.

Details on the woman’s condition were not disclosed.

Authorities say the dog was taken to animal shelter, where it will be quarantined to see if it was diseased.

Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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