A 34-year-old woman was rushed to the hospital Wednesday afternoon after seven dogs attacked her at a west Phoenix home, Maricopa County Animal Control authorities report.
The Phoenix Fire Department cofirms it responded on Wednesday to a call that a woman was being attacked by seven dogs in a home near 83rd Avenue and Indian School Road.
Yvette Hernandez, 34, had multiple bites from head to toe, fire officials said.
Another woman, the owner of five of the dogs, was bitten in the hand and suffered minor injuries. The dogs were Pit Bulls and Shepherd mixes, according to fire officials.
Hernandez told Fox News that she tried to help a female roommate break up a fight between all the dogs and at least five of the seven dogs involved came after her. She said they attacked her twice.
When first responders arrived, the dogs were locked in the back yard and a room of the house, said Phoenix fire spokesman Scott McDonald.
Two couples live in the rental home, according to Melissa Gable of Maricopa County Rabies/Animal Control.
"One of the couples moved in fairly recently so they were keeping their dogs separate from the other dogs," she said. "Somehow the dogs intermingled...Two of the female dogs got into a fight, and the two women at the home tried to stop it.”
A total of eight dogs live in the house, and the only dog that did not get involved in the attack was a male Chihuahua, Gable stated.
The 34-year-old victim suffered severe, multiple bites on her arms and shoulders, said fire spokesman McDonald.
Yvette Hernandez told Fox News that she heard dogs fighting in her roommates’ bedroom and she ran in and tried to help the female roommate break up the fight.
"I heard the dogs fighting and I was like that sounds pretty bad, really bad," she told Fox News. Then at least five of the seven dogs involved came after her.
That 34-year-old woman said she was attacked twice by the dogs. The dogs do not belong to her and she said she always knew they could be dangerous. She just never thought they would turn their aggression on her, she said.
Once she and the owner got the dogs separated she walked into the kitchen. That is where the dogs ran out and attacked her again, she told Fox News.
"I was on the floor I tried to get up but I couldn't get up because I was getting bit so much my friend was on top of the kitchen counter and she was throwing me things to try and hit the dogs with but it didn't work,"
"It was the most, the worst pain I've ever been in my entire life I felt like they were literally eating me to death... I thought I was going to die," she said.
The seven dogs are now in quarantine at Maricopa County Animal Care and Control for 10 days, while police continue their investigation.
None of the dogs was neutered, spayed, licensed or vaccinated.
The owners reportedly want six of the seven dogs back.