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Long Beach firefighters rescue woman being attacked by her own dog

Firefighters rescued woman attacked by dog
This map shows approximately where two Long Beach firefighters rescued a woman who was being attacked by her own dog.

A Long Beach firefighter suffered a dog bite Tuesday as he and a fellow firefighter rescued a woman who was being attacked by her own dog, authorities said.

The firefighters were driving in the 3700 block of East 5th Street about 4 p.m. when they saw the German Shepherd-mix attacking a woman described as elderly, said Long Beach Fire spokesman Brian Fisk.

The firefighters jumped out of their engine and “aggressively engaged” the dog, which is when one of them suffered puncture wounds on his wrist and forearm, Fisk said. One of the firefighters was eventually able to grab the dog by its neck and subdue it.

The injured firefighter was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and released, Fisk said.

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The woman’s injuries were described as traumatic, but she was listed in stable condition, according to Fisk.

The dog, meanwhile, was ordered to be quarantined at her home for 10 days.

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