Cops respond to possible sighting of pit bull in N. Merrick

Armed police officers scoured the woods along the Southern State Parkway today after a possible sighting of a dangerous pit bull that mauled a woman.

NORTH MERRICK - Armed police officers scoured the woods along the Southern State Parkway today after a possible sighting of a dangerous pit bull that mauled a woman.

Nassau police launched an intensive search of a wooded area where eyewitness Masis O'Hanion says he spotted a pit bull at about 2 p.m., resembling the one that mauled a North Merrick woman last week.

"I told the cops and the animal control unit where the dog was and they started hunting for the dog in the backyard and then I heard the gunshots - about six or seven," he says.

Authorities have not released word on whether or not the animal was wounded by the gunfire.

Cops continue search for pit bull in vicious Merrick attackCops hunt for pit bull after attack in Merrick

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Nassau Police say a Hempstead man has been 1 Police: Man arrested for sex assault of child, stabbing 2 women
Police officers stand guard on a road leading 2 UK Parliament resumes, holds minute's silence after attack
The arena in Uniondale opens April 5 with 3 Rebuilt Nassau Coliseum to feature express parking lanes
During World War II, Sophie Sarro, from Huntington 4 Long Island's 'Rosie the Riveter' turns 103
A growing number of Long Islanders are jumping 5 Goin' Vegan: National trend growing on LI

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE