PUEBLO CO - A FAMILY MEMBER'S 2 PITS ATTACKED A 76-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WHEN SHE TRIED TO BREAK UP THEIR FIGHTING...SHE WAS TRANSPORTED VIA FLIGHT FOR LIFE TO DENVER WITH HORRIFIC INJURIES
The Pueblo Police Department, along with Animal Law Enforcement, Pueblo Animal Services Division, issued a joint press release Friday regarding a dog attack that took place Thursday evening on the 1700 block of Euclid Avenue.
According to the prepared statement, officers were called to the scene after a frantic phone call from a woman reporting two dogs were attacking her mother.
The first officer on scene was directed to the backyard of the victim's residence, where he saw the 76-year-old victim on the ground with her head, face and neck covered in blood, the statement said.
Two large-framed dogs, later identified by Pueblo Animal Law Enforcement as "PIT-BULL-TYPE DOGS" reportedly attempted to attack the responding officer, forcing him to shoot and kill one of the dogs. The other was contained in a kennel.
It was learned the victim had been attempting to break up a fight between the dogs, both of whom purportedly belonged to a member of her family, when the dogs then began attacking her. The woman was taken by ambulance to a local hospital and then transported via Flight for Life to a Denver-area hospital. She suffered severe injuries to her eye, face, hands and torso. The victim also suffered an amputated thumb and a broken jaw.
Animal Law Enforcement transported both dogs to Pueblo Animal Services, where the second dog was surrendered by the owner for euthanasia.
It was also learned during the course of the investigation that neither dog was current on rabies vaccinations. Specimens for both dogs are being transferred to the Pueblo City-County Health Department for rabies testing.
Animal Law Enforcement is continuing to investigate the incident to determine whether charges will be filed against the dogs' owner.