A BRITISH woman has tragically died after being brutally attacked by a pit bull she took in.
The 67-year-old succumbed to her injuries after picking up the abandoned pup from a field near Valencia.
The woman had kept the pup for a few days before it viciously attacked her.
Around 2pm on Friday, authorities were called to the scene after hearing her screams as she was attacked.
The Civil Guard said: “So that the emergency services could help the woman, the regulatory firearm was used, killing the animal.
“The agents of the Civil Guard and the medical services managed to stabilize her in order to proceed with her transfer to the nearest medical centre.”
She was then admitted to hospital in critical condition, where she passed away from her injuries.
The woman reportedly lived alone and had two daughters who also lived abroad.
The mayor of Macastre, the small town where she lived, said she was an animal lover.
Vicente M. Montó said: “She was an affable person, well-known in the town. She had been here since 2005.
“The woman welcomed him, fed him and took care of him and he was in perfect condition with her, and we do not understand what could have caused the attack.”
In 2002, Spain enacted the Law on Possession of Potentially Dangerous Animals, which outlines which breeds are dangerous.
The list includes the pit bull, staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, dogo argentino, fila brasileiro, tosa inu and akita inu.
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The attack occurred in a rural area outside of Valencia[/caption]