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2 Arizona residents hospitalized after suffering dog bites

One Arizona man's five best friends turned vicious near the end of August and attacked a woman and the man who owned the dogs. Both victims were transported to a nearby trauma center for treatment of their injuries. According to reports, the first responders who arrived at the scene witnessed the violent and bloody attack by the owner's five mixed breed dogs.

The animal attack occurred on a Saturday afternoon at approximately 4:30 in Northwest Phoenix. The 40-year-old woman was visiting the 62-year-old man at the time of the incident. In a separate news report, the woman said that the chair she was sitting in "gave way" and the dogs became startled.

One of the dogs initiated the attack and the other four dogs joined in. The woman suffered deep puncture wounds across her body and a broken foot. When the owner of the dogs attempted to intervene, he was attacked as well. Neither report describes the owner's injuries, but both are expected to survive.

A male neighbor heard the victims' cries for help and came to the scene armed with a shotgun. This neighbor asked the owner what he should do and both the owner and the woman told him to shoot the dogs. He shot one of the dogs, which died at the scene of the attack. Two of the other dogs were euthanized with the remaining two on a 10-day "bite quarantine hold."

Under the right circumstances, even pets can turn vicious resulting in severe animal bites. The main lesson here is to remain on guard for an unexpected animal attack at all times. In the aftermath, victims of animal bites may choose to pursue a personal injury claim to help pay for their medical treatment.

Source: ABC 15 Arizona, "2 people hospitalized after dog attack in northwest Phoenix," Morgan Tanabe and Seth Pines, Aug. 29, 2017

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