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Dog Attack Victim's Scream Haunts Witness



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    Witnesses who watched in horror as a woman was attacked by three dogs say they’re surprised she’s alive.  

    “It was like they were tearing her apart, they were holding her arm her leg, they were jumping on her," said 12-year-old Daniel Gomez, who says the attack lasted about a minute.

    Sharon Holland was in the hospital over the weekend for serious bite wounds after she was attacked near her home in Lincoln Acres. But family members say her life may be in jeopardy because those wounds have become infected.

    John Avila thought the three Mastiffs were going to kill his 54-year-old friend.

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    "They just started mauling her," he said.

    The attack happened Saturday evening as he and Holland walked to a store on Granger Avenue. They were in front of a library, when suddenly the dogs started attacking the victim.

    Avila tried to help his friend but says the dogs were too big. His friend’s screams still haunt him.

    “’Somebody please help me, get these dogs away from me’," Avila said.

    Animal Control investigators say Holland was knocked unconscious. She also suffered severe bite marks to her left arm.

    Sharon's son says his mom was allowed to leave the hospital on Sunday.

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    “I saw her without the bandages for the first time and her whole left arm is black and blue and swollen," Kevin Holland said.

    But he says his mom had to be rushed to the emergency room again Tuesday morning, because her wounds got infected.

    The victim’s son wants to know how the dogs got loose and thinks they may have to be put down.

    "For some dogs to randomly attack someone like that's dangerous to society you know," he said.

    We tried to contact the owner of the dogs, but we weren't able to get a hold of him. Investigators say he could face criminal charges.