Friday, July 8, 2016


(KMID/KPEJ) - A 67-year-old woman was attacked by two dogs causing serious bodily injury on Friday.
Odessa Police were called to the area of Ada Street and Lee Avenue Friday about a "vicious animal attack" and when officers arrived they found Juanita Rodriguez with several wounds to her face, neck and chest from the attack, according to a probable cause affidavit.
A witness on scene told police that said that two dogs attacked Rodriguez while she was taking out the trash in the alley way, according to the affidavit.
Witnesses also reportedly confirmed that the two dogs had come from a home in the 700 block of Lee Avenue.
When officers went to the home they reportedly found a fence in "disrepair", a broken gate, and holes in a chain link fence, according to the release.
The dogs had been chained up in the yard but managed to escape, according to the affidavit.
Witnesses also said that there have been numerous incidents where the dogs escaped in the past and have been aggressive, according to the affidavit.
Rodriguez was transported to Medical Center Hospital in critical condition, but was listed in fair condition as of 3 p.m. Friday afternoon.
As a result of the investigation, police arrested and charged the dog owners, Aurelio Hernandez-Leyva and Maria Quintero-Leyva, with attack by dog, a third-degree-felony.

Odessa police arrested the owners of  two pit bull mix dogs  on felony charges after investigators say the animals viciously attacked a 67-year-old woman who suffered life threatening injuries.

Police identified the woman as Juanita Rodriguez and reported she was taking out the trash at about 11:18 a.m. Friday in an alley near South Lee Avenue and West Ada Street when the animals mauled her face, neck and chest.

A few hours later, Rodriguez had been upgraded to fair condition at Medical Center Hospital, a designation that meant she was conscious and that doctors considered her prognosis favorable.

OPD Capt. Jesse Duarte said the attack was unprovoked. The dog owners, 40-year-olds Aurelio Hernandez-Leyva and Maria Quintero-Leyva, were charged with third-degree felony Attack by Dog under the Texas Health and Safety Code.

The Leyvas, 716 S. Lee. Ave., were listed as being held Friday afternoon at the Ector County Detention Center, each on two counts of the felony charge. Their bond had not been set.

Texas law finds a dog owner criminally negligent if they fail to secure a dangerous dog that makes an unprovoked attack on someone outside the area where the dog is restrained. Such cases are rare in Odessa, Duarte said.

In this case, police reported witnesses said the dogs had been aggressive before and said there were previous escapes. Investigators found the fence surrounding the Leyva’s backyard was in disrepair, with a broken gate and holes in the chain link.

“People that have these types of dogs have to be responsible,” Duarte said. “Imagine if it had been a 2 year old . . . That little child would not have survived this type of attack.”

Duarte said the dogs will be held in quarantine for 10 days to make sure they do not have rabies. Then, the police captain said one of two things can happen.

One is that the Leyvas could release the dogs to Animal Control so they could be euthanized. If they decline, police could seek a court order to euthanize the animals from a Municipal Court judge.

“Once they see the pictures of the injuries, they will do it immediately,” Duarte said.

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