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Pueblo grandmother attacked by pit bulls

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The backyard of a home where a 76-year-old woman was brutally attacked by two pit bulls. (KOAA) The backyard of a home where a 76-year-old woman was brutally attacked by two pit bulls. (KOAA)
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A Pueblo grandmother is still in the hospital tonight after she was brutally attacked by two pit bulls. 

One dog was shot and killed by police within seconds of arriving on Thursday night, the second was later put down by animal control.

These dogs belonged to family members of the elderly woman who were staying with her at the time of the incident.

Police say she was outside trying to break up a fight between the dogs and then, they turned on her.

"All I saw was they had her by the throat and she wasn't crying but she was just gurgling," Sandy Ferry, daughter of the victim said.

Ferry watched as two pit bulls took hold of her 76-year-old mother in her own backyard.

"And then I told her, go to fetal position and put your hands on your head and play dead, and if you start moving, they would grab her and start shaking her again," she said.

In fear for her life, she called for help.

"Then they wanted to play with her like she was a doll," she said.

Within seconds of police arriving to find this woman lying face down covered in blood and the dogs starting to attack an officer, they shot and killed one of the dogs.

"I told them to kill both of them, I was so angry," she said.

The other dog was safely taken away in a kennel but later put down by animal law enforcement.

So News 5 asked Pueblo police what the protocol is when it comes to using deadly force on animals.

"Basically, it's the same as a human being when it comes to using force, at this point force was used to render aid to someone who needed it," Sgt. Eric Gonzales, a spokesman for the Pueblo Police Department said.

And they say, if they didn't step in when they did, this woman might not be alive today.

"If they would have waited any longer, it definitely could have been different circumstances because this lady had severe injuries," Sgt. Gonzales said.

The Pueblo grandmother was flown to a hospital in Denver and spent most of the night in surgery.

"She lost an eye, they had to amputate her thumb, broke her arm and just a lot of lacerations on the face," Ferry said.

Family confirming on Friday, while she has a long and difficult road of recovery ahead, her body will never look the same.

"She just told me one day that dog's going to get me, my mom just sensed it," she said.

Animal Law Enforcement says neither dog had their current rabies shots so tests are being done right now.

At this point in time, they say the owner of the dogs has not been charged and this case is still under investigation.

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