Police said they had to shoot and kill a pit bull over the weekend to stop it from savagely attacking its owner.
The 27-year-old woman was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center with dog bites "all over her body," said Lt. Joe Macaluso.
Cathy Marie Doyle was seriously injured, but she is expected to recover. She underwent surgery on her forearm Monday morning and required several stitches.
"She is lucky," the lieutenant said. "I believe had the officer not intervened, she would have been killed."
Doyle was showering inside her Gilcrest Avenue home about 9 p.m. Sunday when she heard her pit bull, Romeo, fighting with her other dog, Angel, a Rottweiler.
She jumped out to try to separate the animals. In her haste, she didn't stop to put on clothes. The pit bull turned on her and attacked her bare skin, Macaluso said.
The Rottweiler retreated and ran into a bedroom as the victim's relatives unsuccessfully tried to get the dog off her.
"They were hitting the dog with anything they could find to try to get it to stop biting her and ran out to get the officer when we arrived," Macaluso said.
The dog was still on top of the woman, biting her, on the kitchen floor when police walked in.
At that point, the officer had no choice but to raise his weapon and fire two gunshots to stop the attack.
Both shots struck the dog, but it continued to bite Doyle.
Police fired the third shot, and the dog ran off toward the basement.
No one else was hurt. An adult and two children were in the residence at the time.
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Baxter, a three-year veteran of the department, died later in a hospital and Howard, a 10-year veteran, was in serious condition.