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Dog Attack Leaves Woman Seriously Injured in Pinole

A 40-year-old woman was airlifted to the hospital after suffering serious injuries from a dog attack Sunday morning in Pinole, California, according to fire officials.

Officials with the Pinole Fire Department said emergency medical crews responded to a report of a dog attack on Silverado Drive around 10 a.m.

Arriving crews found a 40-year-old woman with serious injuries and requested a medical helicopter, while paramedics began advanced life support treatment, officials said.

The woman suffered injuries to her face, arms and legs. She was transported to the John Muir Medical Center's trauma center in Walnut Creek, according to fire officials.

Pinole fire Battalion Chief Steve Akre said the woman was attacked inside her house by the family dog — a male pit bull — who lives in the home,  he said.

Akre said he didn't know whether the dog belonged to the woman or to a man who also lives in the house, but neighbors said the pit bull was owned by the woman.

A second ambulance was requested to evaluate the man, but Akre said he was not injured in the attack.

Akre said he didn't know the details of how the dog came to attack the woman.

As of around 5:30 p.m., Akre said he had not yet been updated on her condition and described her injuries as "significant."

"Any time you transport someone to a trauma center via a medical helicopter, it's a very serious incident," Akre said.

Police and animal services were called to the scene, Akre said.

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