This poor woman is dead after being pounced on by four pitbulls while walking alone in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.
Laura Russell witnessed the vicious attack on 48-year-old Margaret Salcedo, who was alone when four pit bull mixes escaped their pen and attacked her. Russell heard the commotion and immediately called 911. She said Salcedo tried to use her phone but dropped it after one of the dogs bit her arm. She described how Salcedo looked like a “rag doll” as the dogs mauled her, biting her all over.
Police believe the attack lasted at least three minutes, the length of time it took for Truth or Consequences police to arrive on the scene. The first officer to arrive fired his weapon into the air to scatter the animals, but after one of them charged him, he shot and killed it. The other dogs ran off but were eventually captured and taken to an animal shelter.
Police say Salcedo was conscious at the scene and they hoped she would survive, but she later died.
Nearby resident Elizabeth Stout told reporters,
“I think it’s like living in the middle ages where you hate to go outside because the wolves are going to eat your grandchildren.”
The District Attorney is currently deciding whether or not to charge the dogs owners, John and Maria Hardiman. The surviving three dogs will likely be euthanized.
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