A woman was rushed to the hospital after being attacked by her dog on Christmas Day, according to the Phoenix Fire Department.
The 39-year-old woman was mauled on the face and hands by her male pit bull at her residence near 43rd Avenue and Dobbins Road at about 5 p.m. She was transferred to the hospital in critical condition, said fire department spokesperson Capt. Todd Keller. The dog has not yet been found, Keller said.
While some studies have shown that pit bull breeds are more aggressive than some other breeds, they are often given a worse reputation than merited, especially as humans have long bred them to be fighting dogs. Research has found chihuahuas and dachshunds to be more aggressive than most breeds, but they don’t cause injuries as severe.
Authorities are unsure why the dog attacked and the investigation is ongoing.