Woman in Upstate’s ICU after being attacked by three dogs

CORTLAND, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Just before 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 2, first responders were sent to an apartment on Main Street, in Cortland for a disturbance.

911 had received two calls with reports of a woman being attacked by multiple dogs.

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Inside, the Cortland Police Department, Cortland Fire Department, and TLC Ambulance found a 42-year-old woman being attacked and bitten by three dogs.

The Cortland Police Department said she had severe wounds to her head, chest, shoulders, and arms.

Officers used pepper spray in an attempt to stop the dogs. When the spray didn’t work, an officer shot the most aggressive of the three dogs, which caused them all to stop biting the woman, according to police.

“Officers were able to corral two of the dogs into a bedroom and isolate them there. Officers were able to move the dog injured by the gunshot into the kitchen and isolate it there,” said Cortland Police.

The woman had tourniquets applied to both of her upper arms by police to control hemorrhaging. Police say officers packed two wounds to her shoulder and chest with blood clotting bandages.

The victim had become semi-conscious as she was being taken to the front porch. From there, she was treated by EMTs from the Cortland Fire Department and TLC Ambulance before being taken to Upstate Medical Center.

She has undergone multiple surgeries and is listed in critical but stable condition in the ICU Unit.

The three dogs involved were taken to Country Acres, in Homer. The dog that was shot died as a result of its wounds. The other two are under quarantine.

The Cortland Police Department was aided by the Cortland Fire Department, TLC Ambulance, the Cortland County Sheriff’s Department, and Country Acres.

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