Police in Modesto in California’s Central Valley say a neighbor’s dogs attacked 93-year-old Chanthy Philavong in her front yard, killing her, reports KCRA.
“She’s just the quietest, smileyest, little old lady, ” said Jeniece Dendulk about Philavong. “She was wonderful.”
Dedulk described the dogs as a mix of Mastiff and Pit Bull known as Cane Corso.
“We knew they weren’t friendly,” she told CBS Sacramento.
Paramedics rushed Dendulk to the hospital Thursday but she died the following morning.
Authorities took the dogs to the Stanislaus County Animal Services Shelter.
Investigators told Fox2 they are not aware of any prior incidents involving the animals.
“We did not locate any prior calls for service regarding the dogs,” Public Information Officer Sharon Bear said.
According to neighbor Dedulk, opened her front door to find the dogs outside.
“All of sudden, they take off, and then I hear screaming, so I take off out the door,” Dendulk said to KCRA. “I hear the mom, and she’s screaming for help, and I see the grandma on the ground and the dogs have her.”
She said Philavong appeared trapped between her front door and the wall. The grandmother threw shoes and pots at the animals as her grandson ran to help and dragged her back into the house.
“It was chaos. It was a matter of 80 seconds,” Dendulk said “Just like that everybody’s lives changed. It was awful.”
A GoFundMe Page organized by Philavong’s grandchildren has raised more than $6,400.
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