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Woman in Critical Condition Following Vicious Dog Attack – Police Shoot One Dog and Provide Life-Saving Aid to Victim

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A Cortland woman is listed in Critical, but stable condition at Upstate University Hospital following a vicious dog attack Sunday evening at 160 South Main Street in the City of Cortland.


Cortland Police say they responded, along with TLC and Cortland Fire, to the residence for a disturbance around 7pm Sunday, June 2nd. Multiple 9-1-1 calls came in of a woman being attacked by 3 dogs inside an apartment.

Arriving officers found a 42-year old woman inside the apartment being attacked and actively bitten by the three dogs. CPD says the woman sustained severe injuries to her head, chest, shoulders, and arms.

Officers immediately attempted to subdue the three dogs by deploying pepper spray to stop the ongoing attack. The pepper spray made no difference to the dog’s attack and an officer was forced to shoot one of the most aggressive dogs. After shooting the most aggressive dog, all dogs stopped attacking and biting the woman.

The two dogs that were not shot were corralled into a bedroom and isolated, the third dog who was shot was moved to the kitchen and isolated there.

After the dogs were removed, medical care was then given by officers to the 42 year old victim in the attack. CPD officers applied tourniquets to both upper arms to control the hemorrhaging and packed two wounds to her shoulder and chest with blood clotting bandages to stop the hemorrhaging.

The woman, who was semi-conscious, was transported to the front porch of the residence and was provided additional medical care by EMTs from Cortland Fire and TLC. She was then rushed to Upstate Medical Center, but received additional EMT assistance by Tully Rescue in Tully due to the seriousness of her injuries.

Cortland Police say the woman has already undergone multiple surgeries for her injuries.

For the three dogs, they were transported to Country Acres in Homer. The dog that was shot by police died as a result of its injuries. The remaining two dogs are under quarantine at this time.

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