Jun 18, 2007 Joliet woman hospitalized in pit bull attack

Joliet - A Joliet woman attacked by two pit bulls was recovering at a hospital after suffering several bites that will require plastic surgery, according to officials and a relative.

The dogs attacked Stephanie Nielson, 23, about 11 p.m. Saturday in the 0-99 block of South Cagwin Avenue, Joliet Police Lt. Les O'Connor said. She was walking with her cousin, Erica Pantoja, when the attack happened, O'Connor said.

A nursing supervisor at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet said Sunday evening that Nielson was in good condition. The dogs' owner, Ira Scott, was cited by animal control officials, O'Connor said. "For whatever reason, they were loose, they got out and attacked Ms. Nielson," O'Connor said. In an interview with CLTV, Pantoja said she and her cousin were coming home from watching fireworks late Saturday. When they got to Pantoja's driveway, the pit bulls ran out and attacked Nielson.

Nielson tried to fend off the dogs. Her cousin ran into the house to get help. Pantoja said the dogs ripped chunks out of Nielson's arm.

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