ROCHESTER NY - PIT BULL DRAMA: POLICE ARRIVED TO FIND A NAKED WOMAN BEING TOTALLY MAULED BY HER "ON AGAIN, OFF AGAIN" BOYFRIEND'S PIT BULL...AN OFFICER SHOT THE MEAT GRINDER OFF HER AND A BULLET HIT THE NUTTER!!!
Two people remain hospitalized after police say a woman was attacked by a PIT BULL and its owner was hit by a stray bullet when officers tried to put down the dog early Wednesday morning.
Police received a call for the report of a woman being mauled by a dog around 1 a.m.
When officers arrived, they found what they describe as a large, pit bull-type dog attacking 33-year-old Maria Schaffer on the ground.
Police say the action was life-saving.
"Obviously the woman's life was in danger. I have no doubt that the officers' actions saved this woman's life," said Deputy Chief Scott Peters. "Again, she's in critical condition, she's expected to survive, but the amount of wounds she has on her body are again horrific."
They say Schaffer was not wearing any clothes and the dog would not let go of her.
Officers say the dog's owner, 34-year-old Jamie Cruz, was on the side yelling to shoot the dog because it could not be controlled.
Three officers fired their guns, killing the dog. One of the officer's bullets went astray, hitting Cruz in the torso.
Schaffer is currently in critical condition at Strong Memorial Hospital and Cruz is in stable condition.
Police do not know how and where the attack began, but added that Cruz and Schaffer were in an on-again, off-again relationship.
No one else was hurt.
Louis Crocotti, a nearby neighbor, witnessed the incident and said the man hit by the projectile owned the dog and the woman mauled was his girlfriend.
"I was just thinking of the lady, just thinking of her, the poor, lady, she was just getting mauled," said Crocotti. "The fight was knocked out of her, she wasn't even screaming or anything at that point, she was just on the ground like she was trying to sit up. I mean, the dog was mauling the lady, they had no choice but to shoot the dog and put it down."
Both Cruz and Shafer are expected to survive. Rockview Terrace is back open to traffic.