BROOKLINE (KDKA) – Early Wednesday morning, a pit bull turned on its owner, forcing the woman to choose between herself and the dog.

A woman was in the violent grasp of her own pit bull. The dog bit her arm and refused to let go, prompting a neighbor to  shoot the dog.

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“Asked the neighbor, did she want him to shoot the dog and she answered ‘yes,’” neighbor Brian Matlack said.

Matlack woke to his neighbor yelling for help around 6 a.m. The woman apparently slipped and fell on some ice, which startled the dog.

By the time he got to her, there was little anyone could do.

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“A lot of people were trying to call the dog, trying to get the dog off. But it seemed pretty single-minded and focused on one thing,” Matlack said.

Another neighbor came over with a gun and with consent from the owner, he fired two shots.

“As soon as he fired the first shot, the dog let go and made a beeline toward him – kind of made a step toward him – and that’s when he shot and put the dog down again,” Matlack said.

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The woman was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital and her condition is unknown.