Dog attack victim released from hospital; family thanks good sam – FOX 10 News |

A 72-year-old woman was attacked by a vicious pack of dogs is getting out of the hospital.

Elia Gutierrez was collecting cans at a park in south Phoenix when the dogs surrounded her.  Her family says she wouldn’t be alive if it wasn’t for a good samaritan who stopped to help.

The dog attack was so bad that she was in surgery for 11 hours and had five blood transfusions.

Her nephew says she’d seen the dogs in the park before, but for some unknown reason last week, they decided to attack.

“I saw what I believed to be a homeless person laying down.. sleeping on the ground in the park and was surrounded by dogs and I thought, maybe the dogs are bothering him,” said Juan Figueroa.

It wasn’t a homeless person.  It was Gutierrez, a grandmother who went to the park to collect cans.

“I saw the lady weakly battling, fighting away the dog and I saw the dog was being very vicious in its manner of attacking,” said Figueroa.  “I pulled out a piece of pipe.. I thought just by swinging it and shooing away the dogs, they would leave.. after I did that, the dogs barked and proceeded to attack me.”

Figueroa continued, “I took the dogs on and swatted them and barked at them because I know the way dogs are.. they’re gonna if you don’t show you’re going to stand your ground, they’re just gonna attack you.”

The dogs ran under a tree and he called 911.

“I strongly believe that this gentleman Juan is her guardian angel.  If it wasn’t for him, my grandmother would not be here today with us,” said Antoine Chagnon.

“Antoine’s grandmother, who now is my new grandmother, who is now my new nana, is doing very good,” said Figueroa.

Doctors at Maricopa Medical Center treated the 72-year-old.  They tell FOX 10 she had bite marks all over her body.  The dogs even attacked the back of her head.

All five dogs were put down.

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