Pit bulls shot after attacking woman, rescuer in Spanawayon October 31, 2013 @ 1:40 pm (Updated: 9:40 am - 11/1/13 )
The 65-year-old woman suffered extensive injuries to her arm and was taken to an area hospital for treatment, The Tacoma News Tribune reports. The man also sought treatment for dog bites.
The Pierce County Sheriff's Office says the woman was walking along the 16200 block of Pacific Avenue South in Spanaway about 9 a.m. when the dogs attacked without provocation.
The dogs were "tearing into the flesh of the woman as she was screaming," one witness told investigators.
The woman tried fighting the dogs off with an umbrella.
The dogs also attacked a 52-year-old man who saw them going after the woman. He suffered bites to his right arm and also needed medical treatment.
Another man who saw the attack got a gun from a nearby resident and shot one of the dogs, but it ran off, Detective Ed Troyer said.
Deputies found the second dog nearby and shot and killed it because they feared it was a danger, Troyer said.
The deputies ultimately found the other dog wounded and shot and killed it as well.
The Pierce County Prosecutor's Office is looking into whether any charges should be filed against the owner.
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