Cops hunt for pit bulls wanted in 4 Lakeview attacks

The attacks happened last night around 6:30 p.m.

The attacks happened last night around 6:30 p.m. (2/13/13)

LAKEVIEW - Police say they are on the hunt for two pit bulls who mauled four people within a half-hour last night in the Lakeview area.

Officials say the attacks occurred within 10 minutes of each other, starting at around 6:30 p.m. First, a 16-year-old was attached at Parkside and Cedar roads, then a 54-year-old woman was attacked on Parkside Road at Pinebrook Avenue. A short time later, a 24-year-old woman was attacked by the dogs at Pinebrook Avenue and Tyler Road, and the final attack occurred not far away on Clinton Avenue, when 29-year-old Kashina Sylvester was attacked.

Sylvester says she was getting out of her car when the two dogs ran up and mauled her. She kicked them and punched one in the head, she says, and one clamped down on her head. She says she stuck its hand in the dog's mouth to get it to let go.

The attacks set off a massive search. Nassau police and Hempstead Town Animal Control officers are canvassing the neighborhood to find out when and where the dogs were last spotted. Police say schools in the area were notified as a precaution.

Experts say that people who are approached by dogs that might attack should not run or scream. Instead, they should tell the dog in a calm voice to go home, stand as still as possible and try to protect their hands and face.

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