PUEBLO, Colo. — An air ambulance was required to transport an elderly woman who was mauled by dogs Thursday, the Pueblo Police Department said.
Officers responded to a frantic phone call from the 1700 block of Euclid Avenue on Thursday evening. The caller reported two dogs attacking her 76-year-old mother.
The first officer to arrive was met by several neighbors who flagged him down and directed him to the backyard of the victim’s home.
As the officer approached the backyard, the elderly victim was lying on the ground with her head, face and neck covered in blood.
Two big dogs, later identified by Pueblo Animal Law Enforcement to be pit bull-type dogs, tried to attack the responding officer.
The officer was forced to shoot and kill one of the dogs, while the other was able to be forced into a kennel. The woman could only be tended to after the dogs were contained.
The victim was attempting to break up a fight between the dogs when they turned on her and began the attack.
The woman was taken to a hospital and then transported to a Denver-area hospital with severe injuries to her eye, face, hands and torso, including an amputated thumb and a fractured jaw, police said.
Animal law enforcement took the dogs to Pueblo Animal Services, where the second dog was surrendered by the owner for euthanasia.
Neither dog was current on a rabies vaccination. Specimens for both dogs are being transferred to the Pueblo County Health Department for testing.
Animal law enforcement is continuing to investigate and will determine whether charges will be filed against the dogs’ owner. The victim’s current condition has not been released.