A 72-year-old woman is in critical condition after a pack of wild dogs attacked her Wednesday morning at Barrios Unidos Park in Phoenix near 14th and East Mohave streets, said Officer James Holmes, a Phoenix police spokesman.
The five Rottweiler/pit bull mixes have since been euthanized at the request of their owner, according to Maricopa County Animal Care and Control.
Phoenix police and fire crews responded to the attack about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday when they found the woman, who had been collecting cans as she regularly does in the area, Holmes said. She sustained multiple, severe dog bites, he said.
A passer-by saw the pack of dogs attack the woman and alerted police, said Phoenix firefighter Dan Waltuch, who works at a station across the street from the park.
Packs of dogs have been known to run through the streets of the surrounding neighborhood, he said.
One of the dogs attacked police officers at the scene, prompting an officer to fire a round that hit the dog’s mouth, Holmes said. Shortly after, the dogs fled to their home near East Papago and South 12th streets, where their owner handed them over to Animal Control, Holmes said.
None of the dogs appear to have been licensed, said Melissa Gable, a spokeswoman for Animal Care and Control.
They will be tested for rabies at a state lab this week, she said.