A 93-year-old woman was attacked and mauled yesterday just before 2 p.m. by a pit-bull, mixed breed dog that had broken free from its owner’s home.
Police officers and members of Branford Fire Department responded the intersection of Harbor Street and McKinnel Court after receiving a number of E-911 calls from neighbors and citizens who were witnessing the attacked. When officers arrived the animal had been captured and caged by its owner, Matthew Radulski, 49, of 136 Harbor Street.
Police Officer Joseph Harrington, who conducted the investigation, said 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.
Sergeant Richard Dahlin, who supervised the incident, said the victim sustained a massive amount trauma to her lower left leg. She was treated and transported by 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.