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June 18, 2011 (Paradise Hills) – A 75-year-old woman has suffered injuries that are “life threatening” after her next-door-neighbor’s two pit bull dogs attacked her early this morning, according to Sgt. Ray Battrick with the San Diego Police Department.


Emako Mendoza was in the backyard of her home at 5800 Alllegheny Street in Paradise Hills when the dogs entered her yard through a hole in the fence.


Both dogs attacked her, biting her legs and an arm.


Her husband, James, was asleep inside when the attack occurred. He told 10 News he was awakened by girls from next door. “They came knocking on the door; they said that their dogs had gotten loose and they thought they were in my backyard.”


He found his wife blooded and screaming from the mauling. She was transported to a hospital with critical injuries, including a leg that may have to be amputated, according to 10 News.


The dogs were taken by Animal Control and have since been euthanized. Owners may face charges and could be held liable for the victim’s medical bills.

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