Olga Afanassieva thought she was a goner when she was attacked by two dogs on her way to the beach.
Instead, her arms and legs were left bloody and punctured, she is now calling on authorities to do more to crack down on the aggressive fighting dogs and their irresponsible owners.
The 78-year-old was set upon by a PIT BULL TERRIER AND A BULLDOG in Cannons Creek, Porirua, as she made her way to a bus stop for trip to the beach on New Year's Day. "The dogs jumped on me and I thought they were going to eat me to my bones."
The two dogs burst out of nearby property on Mungavin Ave, knocking Afanassieva to the ground as she tried to defend herself with her bag.
She suffered a deep puncture wound on her arm as well as bad cuts and bruising to her hands, chest, belly and legs and back pain.
A passing motorist managed to call the dogs off before the partner of the dogs' owner gave Afanassieva disinfectant and plasters for her wounds.
Despite being bloodied and battered Afanassieva said she was still high on adrenaline after the attack and continued onto the beach where she washed her wounds in the saltwater.
It wasn't until the next day that fatigue and stress kicked in, leaving her bedridden on painkillers for two days before finally seeking medical help. She said the attack had spoiled what had been a promising start to 2016 and had ruined plans to visit friends in Upper Hutt in the New Year.
Afanassieva, a retired translator and Russian emigre, said she did not frighten easily.
The attack would not diminish her love of dogs but she would recommend the pit bull terrier be put down to protect others.
"It's not the dogs fault, it's the irresponsible owners - we need to be careful about human beings too.
"I think it should be prohibited to have these aggressive breeds...fighting dogs. Why do they need them in the city? I understand why farmers would have them where they live alone but not in a residential area," Afanassieva said.
Porirua City Council spokeswoman Moana Wyatt said the pit bull terrier had been impounded as an investigation continued.
The bulldog, who was not thought to be a main aggressor, had not been impounded.
Wyatt said Afanassieva would be visited by an animal control officer on Tuesday who would collect her version of events and then talk to the owners of the dogs.
A recommendation would then be made on whether the pit bull would be put down or not, she said.
Wyatt said Porirua was no more dangerous than any other part of the country for dog attacks.
Last year ACC paid out nearly $4.5 million in claims to 12,817 dog bite victims - up from 10,494 attacks and about $2m in 2006.
* BANNED: American Pit Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentino, Brazilian Fila, Japanese Tosa and Perro de Presa Canario - these breeds cannot be imported into the country.
* MENACING: A council may declare a dog menacing if it is deemed a threat to people, or animals because of its behaviour or traits associated with the dog's breed. Menacing dogs must be muzzled in public and a council can require them to be neutered.
* DANGEROUS: A council must classify a dog as dangerous if its owner has been convicted of a "rushing" offence, or if the dog poses a threat to the safety of people or animals.