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Posted at 08:03 AM ET, 06/08/2011

Pit bull bites elderly Baltimore woman in face

The barricades are already up closing off Ponca Street for St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church's popular festival this weekend.

But a couple of blocks to the south, a neighborhood remains "traumatized," according to a community leader, after a 78-year-old woman was attacked outside her home Friday by a pit bull that ran across the street and bit her in the face.

Athina Neofitou, a member of the church, remained in intensive care at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, said her son-in-law, Dennis Koulatsos. She underwent facial reconstruction surgery, one armis broken in two places and doctors are checking on whether she has other fractures as well, he said.

"It's been a nightmare," Koulatsos said. "She was screaming in pain."

The 1-year-old dog, named Blue, was put down on Tuesday, and the Baltimore City Health Department said it would be tested for rabies. Its owner, Henriett Rouzer, who lives across the street from Neofitou, was cited by animal control officers for allowing the dog to run free and failing to license or vaccinate it.

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By Baltimore Sun  |  08:03 AM ET, 06/08/2011

Categories:  Baltimore, Animal Stories

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