January 25, 2011

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State trooper attacked by pit bull during arrest

BREWSTER – A pit bull bit a state trooper as she was handcuffing its owner following a scuffle at a Main Street, Brewster apartment Saturday afternoon.

Police were called to the scene for a report of a man being held against his will by a woman.  When they got there, the woman wouldn’t allow police in to speak with the man so they forced their way into the apartment.

Maureen Connolly-Zasso, 44, fought with police, kicking and punching even after being sprayed with pepper spray.  As she was being handcuffed, her pit bull attacked Trooper Dayanara David, biting her right arm. She fought off the animal, which was secured by the Town of Southeast dog warden. She was treated for the dog bite wound and released.

The man being held in the apartment was unharmed.

Connolly-Zasso was charged with unlawful imprisonment in the second degree and three counts of felony assault in the second degree. She was arraigned and remanded to the Putnam County jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond.

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