PHOENIX - A 72-year-woman is in the hospital after being attacked by dogs in Phoenix early Wednesday morning.
Phoenix police spokesman James Holmes said the victim was collecting cans at Barrios Unidos Park near 16th Street and Mohave when she was attacked by a Bullmastiff/ Pit Bull mix and four other dogs.
When officers arrived on the scene the 72-year-old had multiple, severe dog bites. She was transported to an area hospital in extremely critical condition, Holmes said.
The animals were still at the scene when one of the dogs attacked one of the officers. The officer fired his weapon at the dog’s mouth, striking it. After hearing the gunshot, the dogs ran to their home near 12th Street and Buckeye Road.
Holmes said five dogs were involved in the incident, but the Bullmastiff/ Pit Bull mix primarily attacked the woman and officer.
The owner of the dogs was contacted by authorities and surrenders the dogs to Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, said Spokeswoman Melissa Gable.
Gable said the owner requested that the dogs be euthanized. The dogs will be tested for rabies.