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Nun recovering from pit bull attack

A nun is recovering after being attacked by two pit bulls while walking the convent's dog in the school yard, authorities said.

Sr Barbara Koehler pulled the pit bulls from Lindy, an 8-year-old Jack Russell terrier, but the dogs knocked her to the ground and bit her hands and neck.

Sr Janet Dougherty, principal of the Incarnation School, said Koehler was covered with blood from her head to her waist after Friday's attack.

Two men working nearby heard Koehler's screams and scared the dogs off with a stick.

Koehler, 61, was released Saturday from Albert Einstein Medical Centre, a hospital spokesman said.

Dougherty said Lindy was injured and would be taken to a veterinarian.

Neighbours said the pit bulls had been roaming the area for days and had already attacked at least one other person.