A woman was seriously injured after being attacked by two pit bulls outside a home on Ella Grasso Boulevard in New Haven.
City spokesperson Laurence Grotheer confirmed that the attack happened a little before 8 p.m. on Monday.
A man named Hamilton Hicks owns the two dogs and had come home with a female friend. When the two walked onto the property the pit bulls immediately began to attack the woman.
The man tried to pull the dogs off of her, but he was also bitten repeatedly.
Neighbors were reportedly throwing rocks at the dogs to get them to stop.
"I've never seen anything like it, it really, really was a gruesome, gruesome scene," said Brian Windgate, who said it is an incident he will never forget. "To see this young lady just laying there with skin just ripped from her."
Windgate said he was in his front yard when a neighbor yelled that a woman across the street was being mauled by dogs.
"Grabbed the broom and ran over, by the time I got over there some neighborhood kids, great neighborhood kids, were throwing rocks at the dogs so they could get off the young lady," Windgate said.
He said the gate to the home was locked, so all he could do was try to distract the dogs by yelling and throwing rocks.
The woman was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital where she is reportedly in critical condition with severe lacerations to her legs, face, eyes and head.
The man was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The dogs were brought to the police department’s animal control shelter for quarantine.
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