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Crawford said they took the dog, a pit bull mix, on Thursday, the same day the bite occurred.
He said the dog owner came home from work that afternoon and signed the dog over to animal control. He was cited with no proof of rabies shots.
The dog will be quarantined for 10 days to check for rabies and then euthanized, Crawford said.
The woman, whose identity is not being released, knew both the dog and its owner from the neighborhood.
She told animal control officers the dog had wandered into her yard before but had never shown any type of viciousness.
The dog had gotten off his chain Thursday, Crawford said. Since he had been on a chain, the owner wasn’t cited with failure to follow leash law, according to Crawford
The woman was rushed to the emergency room at Polk Medical Center around 1:15 p.m. Thursday by private vehicle.
She was bitten after trying to break up a fight between her dog and the pit bill mix, Crawford said.
“That is the worst thing you can do,” he said, adding that the dog bites to defend himself.
He said anyone trying to break up a dogfight should use a water hose or a stick instead.
The woman’s dog, a small pug type, had injuries, but was not seriously hurt, according to witnesses.