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Firefighters save woman from near-fatal dog attack

Drake's pit bull is currently quarantined at the Lucas County Dog Warden. Drake's pit bull is currently quarantined at the Lucas County Dog Warden.
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Toledo firefighters aren't trained to rescue someone from a dog attack, but that didn't stop them from saving a woman's life last Friday.

Firefighters received a call Friday afternoon of a person being attacked on Elm Street in north Toledo. A 4-man team from Engine 7 was only three minutes away, and got to the scene first.

Toledo police said a pit bull had turned on its owner, 30-year-old Maria Drake.

"There was a lot of blood loss, and we had to act somehow," said Lieutenant Ed Zaracki of the Toledo Fire Department.

The firefighters used one of their tools, called a "pike pole," to separate the dog from the woman.

"I buried this into that dog, right in the back, to here," said Brian Schoen of Toledo Fire. "He didn't move. Another firefighter, Pat, also buried the pike pole into him and he didn't move…I was surprised by the damage he was causing. He wasn't going to stop."

The dog then went for the Drake's throat. Three firefighters then moved in at the same time and got the dog away.

"It is either dog or patient," Zaracki said. "Everyone here is a dog lover, but sometimes you have to do that."

The firefighters saved the woman's life and rushed her to the hospital for treatment.

The dog is being quarantined for 10 days to determine if he is rabid, and will likely by euthanized. There has been no word on Drake's condition.

Lucas County Dog Warden Julie Lyle said people can prevent dog attacks by reading their body language.

"We tell people to be a tree," Lyle said. "Stand upright, don't be flailing around. Don't be a lot of movement. Standing still and avoiding eye contact with the dog."

And anyone who sees someone being attacked should call 911 immediately.

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