Police in Spotsylvania County, Va., are looking for a stray Rottweiler that attacked a 60-year-old woman and her pet.
The attack happened near the Spotsylvania Mall in Fredericksburg Sunday afternoon while the woman was walking her Labrador, investigators said.
The woman was bitten multiple times. She broke her shinbone and a finger as she desperately struggled to protect her dog.
The Labrador was so severely injured that it had to be euthanized.
Police notified neighbors about the dangerous dog through the reverse-911 system.
Tuesday night, people walking dogs were carrying sticks and baseball bats for protection.
An animal control officer is patrolling the neighborhood and going door-to-door, looking for information about the Rottweiler.
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Anyone who sees the dog should call 911, police said.