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Woman, 73, in rehabilitation after dog attack

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Beulah Shaefe, 73, remains hospitalized after a dog attack last weekend in Roselawn (Photo courtesy of family). Beulah Shaefe, 73, remains hospitalized after a dog attack last weekend in Roselawn (Photo courtesy of family).
The female dog is currently being held at the SPCA pending an investigation by police. The female dog is currently being held at the SPCA pending an investigation by police.
It was reported Saturday evening in the 1800 block of Sunnybrook Drive. It was reported Saturday evening in the 1800 block of Sunnybrook Drive.
ROSELAWN, OH (FOX19) -

A 73-year-old is now in rehabilitation after she was attacked by a pair of dogs in her neighborhood.

The incident was reported Saturday, December 15 in the 1800 block of Sunnybrook Drive in Roselawn. Beulah Shaefe was reportedly walking outside of her home when two dogs from a neighboring house attacked.

According to Shaefe's daughter, the 80 pound woman suffered injuries to her arms, head, face, buttocks and leg. Her daughter told FOX19 Shaefe's ear had to be reattached and her left buttock was ripped off.

She was in critical condition and has already undergone two surgeries before moving to rehab.

One of the dogs, a male pit bull, was shot and killed at the scene by Cincinnati Police. SPCA officers arrived after the dog was put down. A female pit bull is currently being held at the SPCA pending an investigation by police.

Last year, the city of Cincinnati repealed their ban on owning pit bulls. But following last weekend's incident, the victim's family is calling for city officials to reconsider this ordinance.

"We need to enforce and change what regulations are out there to protect the public," says Marvin Rogers.

Rogers says the city needs to reconsider the law that took pit bulls off the vicious dogs list to prevent these kinds of attacks. 

"That was the wrong thing to do by our state legislature. That needs to be revealed and reversed," says Rogers.

But Katy Blanton with the pit bull advocate group Cincinnati Pit Crew says the dogs aren't the problem.

"People blame the wrong end of the leash. It's not the four legged animal at the bottom of the leash, it's the two legged animal that's not taking care of their dogs," explains Blanton.

Blanton and many other pit bull supporters went to the council meeting in May of last year when the city repealed the pit bull ban. Since the change, the SPCA says they have seen a higher number of pit bulls at their facilities, but they can't pinpoint one distinct reason for the increase. Blanton says they've made a lot of positive progress adopting more dogs to responsible owners.

"I think a lot of people anticipated that there would be more situations, more dog bites, more horror stories," adds Blanton.

But Rogers argues the attack involving his mother in law could have been avoided.

"If there are city rules, state rules that will provide where a person can walk in front of their home safely without being attacked, then we need those types of laws on our books," says Rogers. 

Blanton agrees the need for stricter laws, but not banning pit bulls - just more accountability for the owners.

"We need more strengthening of laws that promote responsible ownership and that give people cause to take steps that they're making sure they're taking good care of their dogs," says Blanton.

According to the CDC, about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs every year. Almost 1 in 5 bitten require medical attention, half of these are children.

Last year, more than 27,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of being bitten by dogs.

It will be up to the court to decide if the female dog should be put down or returned to the owner. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Shaefe's daughter tells FOX19 that she is very pleased with her mother's recovery, and that she will undergo another surgery next month.

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