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Dog that attacked Detroit woman found at vacant school

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A dog that attacked a 64-year-old woman was found inside the vacant Cleveland Intermediate High School in Detroit. A dog that attacked a 64-year-old woman was found inside the vacant Cleveland Intermediate High School in Detroit.
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64-year-old Jessie Clarke is recovering after being mauled by two dogs Tuesday on Detroit's east side.  She suffered deep wounds to her head and neck.

"We'll take all the prayers we can get.  She's in stable condition," said Anthony Clarke, the victim's son.

Neighbors tried to get the dogs away from her by beating them with sticks, but the dogs wouldn't stop.  Dante Dasaro with Detroit Dog Rescue said that could have made the attack worse.

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The mauling continued until an off-duty police officer driving by the bloody scene saw what was happening.  He pulled out his weapon and fired two shots at a brown dog causing it to back off, but he was forced to fire at a white dog three times before it finally released and ran into the vacant Cleveland Intermediate High School across the street.

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Stray dogs have plagued Detroit for years.  Dasaro said residents need to know what to do to protect themselves such as walking in groups, not making eye contact with aggressive dogs and staying calm.

"Keep your hands and your body tight.  If you fall to the ground, role in a ball [and] cover your face and neck.  Dogs will go for inner arms or any limb that's out.  It will go for the groin or the neck area.  Stay calm, and don't move.  If you move, you raise that dog's aggression level, and it wants to keep coming at you just like it would its prey," he explained.

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