A 93-year-old woman sustained serious injuries Sunday afternoon after she was mauled by a "pit-bull, mixed breed, dog" that had broken free from its owner’s Branford home, police said.
The incident, which happened just before 2 p.m., occurred at the intersection of Harbor Street and McKinnel Court.
Police officers and members of Branford Fire Department immediately responded to the scene, after receiving multiple 911 calls from neighbors and others who witnessed the attack.
When officers arrived the animal had been captured and caged by its owner, Matthew Radulski, 49, of 136 Harbor Street, Branford Police Capt. Geoff Morgan said.
Branford Police Capt. Geoff Morgan said Officer Joseph Harrington, who conducted the investigation, reported that the animal ran from inside of the owner’s home and attacked the victim as she was walking.
"A number of neighbors came to the aid of the victim and began fighting off the animal using her cane and a baseball bat until the owner could subdue and cage the animal," Morgan stated in a press release.
Morgan added that the elderly victim sustained a massive amount trauma to her lower left leg.
She was treated and transported by Branford Fire Department paramedics to an area medical facility for serious injuries and later underwent surgery.
The animal has been quarantined by Animal Control Officers at the Branford Animal Shelter, as the investigation continues.