A 70-year-old woman is said to be fighting for her life after being viciously attacked by two neighborhood dogs.
The attack happened Friday night just outside of Westminster in the 6300 block of Julian Street in unincorporated Adams County.
Mary Garcia is hospitalized at Saint Anthony Central Hospital.
Neighbors say they never heard Garcia scream. She was too busy fending off the two dogs as they tried to go after her face. Garcia suffered several bites on her ankles, thighs, arms and face. As a result of the stress, she suffered a heart attack.
Animal control says a boxer-mix named Roxy and a mastiff/pit bull mix named Brutus broke out of their yard and attacked Garcia in her driveway. Neighbors heard what sounded like dogs fighting.
"We heard dogs barking. They sounded like they actually had food in their mouth," neighbor Christian Juarez said.
Garcia tried to fight them off, but when on their hind legs, the dogs were bigger than she was.
"They were just trying to get her face," Juarez said.
Juarez and his father saw the attack and beat them off with a stick, shovel and a broom.
"Real hard, it was two of them trying to get both of us and like they tried to jump on us, but the neighbors started helping us too, so that's how we got them away," Juarez said.
It took four men to get rid of the dogs.
"Then the dogs started coming back so he took off chased them off with a shovel," neighbor Richard Wold said.
Garcia's family says she is fighting for her life.
"She's not a very big woman and two big dogs tearing at her, it makes you very angry," said Garcia's son, John.
Garcia wasn't the only victim. Her 2-year-old great grandson, who saw the attack from the front door, is traumatized. He was crying "the dogs ate grandma."
Neighbors say Roxy and Brutus have gotten loose before and they've complained to the owners about it, but those complaints never made it to animal control.
No longer the Big Bad Wolf eating Grandma, pits and pit types have changed that. Maybe we need to put the book out - Little Red Riding Hood and the Pit Bulls.