Woman remains in critical condition after apparent pit bull attack

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CALLAWAY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - UPDATE: June 22, 6:00 a.m.

Please note: Some people find the pictures of Tuesday's attack disturbing, so we've decided not to share them for this report.

Last week we told you about the recent rise in dog bites on children in Bay County. Tuesday, there was another attack, this time on an adult.

In the last month alone, Bay County Animal Control says there were ten reported dog bites on children. However, small children aren't the only ones at risk.

Last year, 414 dog bites were reported to Bay County Animal Control.

"Those are just the ones we hear about," Bay County Spokeswoman Valerie Sale said. "I suspect there are quite a lot more that we never hear about."

As of Friday, 187 bites have been reported so far in 2016. Now, add one more to the list.

Tuesday morning, a Bay County Sheriff's Deputy arrived on scene to find a pit bull attacking a 58-year-old woman in Callaway. It's believed the dog lived next door and attacked the woman in her yard.

The deputy says he scared the dog away, but not the dog seriously injured the woman. The deputy noticed the body of a smaller dog lying near the victim, apparently dead from the attack.

When two other deputies arrived on scene, the dog reportedly jumped back over the fence from where it lived and charged at them.

The deputies say they believed the dog was about to attack again, so they shot and killed it.

"An animal that you trust and you don't think can harm anybody can do something that you would never imagine, so I think that it's important to be aware of where your children are in relation to that animal at all times," Sale said.

According to animal control, reported bites come from a variety of dog breeds. The attacks in the past month do not just include pit bulls but also Labrador retrievers, huskies, bulldogs and chihuahuas, to name a few.

Sheriff's officials says they're still trying to determine what lead up to the attack. They don't know if the woman saw her dog being attacked and ran to help it, or if she was out walking her dog when the pit bull attacked.

Because they say she's still in the hospital in critical condition, she hasn't been able to give a statement.

The Sheriff's office is also sorting out the dog's history. Officials say they believe the same dog was involved in another reported bite. However, the dog was then living at a different address with different owners.

Still no word from the owner, or owners, of the dog.

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UPDATE: 6:00 p.m.

A Callaway woman was hospitalized after a dog attack, and she remains in critical condition.

Tuesday morning, Bay County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a call of a tan pit bull attacking a woman on Harwood Court in Callaway. When the first deputy arrived, the dog was still attacking the woman.

The deputy was able to scare the dog away, and the dog jumped over a fence into the yard believed to be where it lived.

The deputy then noticed the body of a much smaller dog laying near the woman. The small dog is believed to belong to her and was apparently already dead from the attack.

When two other deputies arrived on scene, they say the dog became aggressive and jumped back over the fence from its apparent home, charging at them. According to the deputies, they believed the dog was about to attack again, so they shot and killed it.

Sheriff's officials say they're still working out the details leading up to the attack, because the victim has not been able to give a statement. There's no word yet from the dog's owner or owners.

Bay County Animal Control says there were 414 reported dog bites in 2015. As of Friday, 2016 has seen 187 attacks. They have at least one more to add to the list after Tuesday.

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ORIGINAL STORY: June 21, 11:45 a.m.

A woman is in the hospital after investigators say she was attacked by a pit bull Tuesday morning in Callaway.

According to a report from the Bay County Sheriff's Office, a call came in just before 9 a.m. regarding a dog attack on Harwood Court in Callaway. When the first deputy arrived, they found the 58-year-old victim being attacked by a tan pit bull.

Investigators say the pit bull jumped back over a fence into the yard believed to be where it lived. Deputies noticed the body of a small dog near the victim, "dead from an apparent attack." Family members of the victim confirm the dog belonged to the victim.

When two other deputies arrived to help give aid to the victim, the pit bull jumped the fence and "aggressively advanced upon the deputies helping the victim with the obvious intention of attacking them." Two deputies shot and killed the dog.

The victim was taken to the hospital. As of 11:00 a.m., investigators say she was in emergency surgery.

The name of the victim hasn't been released. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.