Elderly Woman Loses Leg In Pit Bull Attack

SAN DIEGO (CBS) — A 75-year-old Southland woman who was viciously attacked by two pit bulls had to have her leg amputated and may also lose her left arm, doctors said on Tuesday.

Emako Mendoza was mauled by two pit bulls belonging to her next door neighbor after the dogs crawled through a hole in the fence and attacked her in her backyard.

KNX 1070’s Tom Reopelle reports the attack left behind a bloody scene and Mendoza in critical condition.

“She was bitten all over her body, but specifically her arms and legs,” said Dan Desouza of San Diego Animal Control. “Both dogs had blood on them when they were seized.”

Doctors amputated Mendoza’s lower left leg, and said she may also lose her left arm.

The dogs were euthanized, and criminal charges may be filed against the dog’s owner later this week.


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