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Pit bulls attack elderly woman in San Diego, injuries 'life-threatening'

A 75-year-old woman is in critical condition at a San Diego hospital with possibly "life-threatening" injuries from being attacked by two pit bulls, police said Saturday.

The woman was in her backyard Saturday morning in the Paradise Hills neighborhood when the two dogs, owned by a neighbor, came into her yard through a hole in the fence, police said. The woman was  bitten repeatedly on the legs and an arm.

The woman screamed for her husband, who rushed into the yard, causing the dogs to retreat to their owner's yard, police said.

The dogs were confiscated and euthanized by the county Department of Animal Control. Police and Animal Control officers are investigating.

Updated: Monday June 20: 5:20pm: {The victim has had a leg amputated and may have an arm and the other leg amputated, according to her husband, James Mendoza. Emako Mendoza remains in the hospital in critical condition.}

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-- Tony Perry in San Diego

 
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