Loose Pit Bull Causes Lock-down Of 2 Merrick Schools

Two elementary schools in North Merrick, Long Island, are on lock-down while police search for the pit bull that mauled a 62-year-old woman last Thursday.

There are reports of a dog charging at an officer in the area, but it is unclear whether or not it is the same tan and white pit bull that severely mauled a Merrick woman last week. Police have been searching by helicopter and on foot for the dangerous canine. Children at Old Mill Road School and Harold D. Fayette School were kept inside Tuesday as a precaution, and were not allowed to leave when classes ended at 2:50 p.m.

On Thursday, 62-year-old Sashi Sharma was taking her daily walk near her North Merrick home when two dogs viciously attacked her. Police responding to the scene shot and killed one of the canines, but the second, described as a 70-pound female pit bull with a "full stomach," managed to run behind a nearby school and escape. They believe the dog had just given birth.

Sharma remains in a medically-induced coma at Nassau University Medical Center. Surgeons spent hours in the operating room, and were able to save her left arm, which was severely mangled.

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