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Dog Recovering After Being Mauled By Pit Bull In Beechview

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- An 8-year-old Siberian husky named Cinderella is back home in Beechview, recovering after her owner said she was attacked by at least one pit bull while she was on a leash in his front yard.

Patrick Hauenstein told KDKA-TV News that the mauling took place late Thursday.

"Her entire throat was ripped open; the skin was ripped away from the muscle," he said.

He was on a back porch when he heard a commotion and ran to the front where he saw his dog on the ground with a large, gaping throat wound.

"Nothing vital was struck," said Hauenstein. "She's beaten cancer, this is the second time she's had her neck worked on, she beat lymphoma, lymph nodes were removed. How much more can this sweet, little dog endure?"

He rushed his dog to a veterinarian in Castle Shannon, but not before snapping a photo of the pit bulls.

Their owner lives only a couple of blocks away.

"I called 911," Hauenstein said. "They could not come. Unless the dog was used as a weapon against me, they could not send an officer."

Hauenstein says an animal control officer told him Friday that the owner will be charged with having a dog without a license.

"I don't want the dogs put down," said Hauenstein. "I'm a dog lover, but I think they should be put into a home with a good owner."

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