MESA, AZ (KPHO/KTVK) -
A dog attacked a 70-year-old teacher in Mesa, taking a chunk out of her leg.
The victim said she was walking to her car outside her apartment, about to go to the bank when the dog, which was on a leash, bit her leg from behind.
"The dog crunched down; it happened so fast I didn't know what was happening until I saw the blood pouring out of my leg," said Karen Blackstone, who said she now teaches at Arizona State University.
Thanks to Mesa's Community Care Unit, she was stitched up right there in the parking lot.
"I’m really sorry it happened," said Kathie Kromm, the dog's owner. She said her mixed-breed dog, Kody, is a service animal and has never been violent.
"He’s very protective and gets along with mostly everybody once he gets to know them," Kromm said. "We're being evicted and I don't have anywhere to go."
"I feel bad about that, but I’m also concerned about my safety and others," Blackstone said.
She said she's concerned about what could have happened.
"I have great-grandchildren that have gone with me to the apartment," Blackstone said. "What if one of my great-grandchildren had been with me?"
Mesa Animal Control said the dog was quarantined, and it will now be up to Kromm, who was cited, to decide whether to keep him.