MIAMI (WSVN) - A postal worker had to be rushed to the hospital after a pit bull bit her while she did her rounds in a Miami neighborhood.

According to Miami Police, the dog bit the postal worker’s hand while she worked along the 2000 block of Southwest 24th Terrace, Tuesday afternoon.

A witness, Antonio Castellanos, said a construction worker working nearby helped free her hand from the dog’s mouth.

“A construction worker had a two-by-four, or a piece of wood,” said Castellanos, “and then, it’s unfortunate to see it happen, but he had to hit the dog to get the woman off.”

The woman was then transported to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Officials said she is in stable condition.

“I’ve known her for a long time” said Castellanos. “She’s always carried my mail, so seeing her or any person go through that is really, really sad.”

“It is possibly a full-bred pit bull that attacked this postal worker and bit her in the arm,” said Miami Police Lt. Freddie Cruz. “We do know that she is in stable condition and was transported to trauma with some severe injuries.”

According to Miami-Dade Animal Services, the dog is in fact a pure-bred American pit bull terrier, a breed that is illegal to own in Miami-Dade County.

Animal Service officials said the pit bull, named Pancake, escaped through an open side gate before going on the attack.

“There are usually a set of three dogs in there, but the fence is either closed or the owner’s there,” said Castellanos.

Pancake’s owner has been cited, but he refused to voluntarily surrender his dog.

The pit bull has since been quarantined.

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