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Woman attacked by pit bull at animal shelter

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Posted: Dec 16, 2012 3:26 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Dec 16, 2012 3:26 PM
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Topics: animal shelter, attack, pit bull, bite, hospital, injury, dog, animals, baton rouge

BATON ROUGE- A woman was attacked by a dog at the animal shelter and was rushed to an area hospital Sunday.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was bitten by a pit bull.

Reached by phone Sunday afternoon, Paula Shaw, an employee of Companion Animal Alliance, said she was on her way to the hospital to "be with her co-worker," and did not want to talk about issues at the shelter. Companion Animal Alliance runs the shelter for Baton Rouge city government.

She said the woman is recovering.

Shaw did not elaborate on what happened at the shelter Sunday, and the line was disconnected.

The animal shelter has been the center of controversy recently and city leaders said the situation got so out of control, they needed to look into issues. In November, Metro Council asked for a report on allegations about abuse: including neglect and mistreatment of animals and bad management.

In early December, shelter director Kim Sherlaw resigned. Sherlaw left as director of Companion Animal Alliance after seven months, replacing other short-term directors who quit.

The dog involved in Sunday's attack was ordered to be euthanized and its remains will be tested for rabies.

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