PD: Pit bull released to attack neighbor during fight

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Maria Aparicio was booked into jail for aggravated assault. By Jennifer Thomas Maria Aparicio was booked into jail for aggravated assault. By Jennifer Thomas
A pit bull mix attacked a woman and her two daughters near 23rd Avenue and Cactus Road in Phoenix. By Jennifer Thomas A pit bull mix attacked a woman and her two daughters near 23rd Avenue and Cactus Road in Phoenix. By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- A mother and her two daughters were attacked by a neighbor's dog during an argument Tuesday night, according to Phoenix police.

It happened at about 8 p.m. near 23rd Avenue and Cactus Road. Police said the 39-year-old victim had gone to Maria Aparicio's home and accused Aparicio's son of breaking a window to her home.

The two women became involved in a physical altercation and witnesses said Aparicio ordered her son to release their pit bull mix from inside the home, according to police spokesman Officer James Holmes. The dog attacked the woman and her two daughters, ages 9 and 12.

"All three received dog bites, two of them to the chest and one to wrist," said Sgt. Eric Harkins.

A 10-year-old girl injured her knee while running from the dog.

All four victims were transported to a local hospital for treatment. Their injuries are not life-threatening.

Aparicio, 35, was arrested and booked into jail for aggravated assault.

The dog was taken by rabies/animal control and quarantined.