PHOENIX - A fork designed for the barbecue grill is protection for Olivia Levario and her daughter as they walk around their South Phoenix neighborhood.
“If (a dog) gets close enough, you know, and I feel like I’m getting attack, I attack back," said Levario.
They live in the same neighborhood as 72-year old Elia Gutierrez, who was mauled by five dogs at Barrios Unidos park Wednesday near 14th Street and Mohave.
The dogs bit her on her head and body, and she lost four pints of blood in the process, according to officials.
"There are always loose dogs around here. There's a park up the street here and towards the nighttime. It seems like they come out all the time," said Levario.
Gutierrez was simply collecting cans in the park to recycle when she was attacked. A passerby in a truck stopped to help before calling Phoenix PD.
Her grandson is thankful.
"Very thankful that God sent an angel," said her grandson Antoine Chagnon. "This person who passed by happened to drive by and came to her rescue at the nick of time, the nick of time."
Philip Moreno would leave cans outside of his home for Gutierrez. He, too, has seen dangerous dogs around; a pack of them attacked his own dog last year.
"(The dogs) tore up his ear, and ever since then he's had a problem. He's wound up with a twitch because of that," said Moreno, of his dog.
He says these are all examples of the ongoing problem that someone needs to fix.
"These dogs know how to do this. They stand in the street like they own the street," said Moreno.
All five dogs involved in the attack were captured and put down, according to Maricopa County Animal Control. All of the dogs tested negative for rabies.