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Monica Hernandez / Eyewitness News
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SLIDELL, La. - A Northshore woman is recovering from a pit bull attack, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office.

Officials say she was walking her own dog around 8 a.m. Wednesday on a trail in the Belair subdivision just outside Slidell when two loose pit bulls ran up and began to attack her miniature collie. When the woman tried to stop the pits, they turned on her, said the Sheriff's Office.

Another neighbor heard the screams, ran outside and fired a single shot. It struck both dogs, killing one and injuring the other, according to authorities. The woman was hospitalized with bite wounds to her left arm and leg. Neighbors say her collie is recovering too.

'It's shocking and it's kind of scary,' said neighbor Keitra Beach.

'She's doing well, she's in shock,' said Keith Porter, who lives across the street from the victim. 'From what I understand, she was trying to pry the dogs mouth to get her dog from out of the other dogs mouth.'

Deputies cited the pit's owner, Leonard Harvey, 22, with violating the parish leash law. They say he seemed genuinely upset and decided to put the injured dog down. Harvey didn't want to speak on camera, but said his dogs were just puppies and had never attacked before.

'Folks should take responsibility for their animals and their pets, and it certainly does put a spotlight on the need and requirements for leash laws,' said parish spokesman Ronnie Simpson.

Neighbors say this isn't the first time dogs have gotten loose in the area.

'She made a report awhile ago about a pit bull I don't know if it was the same dogs,' said Porter.

'We've had some come into our yard when we were outside playing with our children so sometimes they do wander loose,' said Beach.

Violating St. Tammany parish's leash law could get you up to 30 days in jail and a fine between $25 and $500, depending on the severity of the incident.

Harvey was recently arrested in an unrelated incident, a massive fight at Cheddar's Cafe in Slidell.

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