67-year-old woman slowly recovering after dog attack in Odessa

67-year-old woman slowly recovering after dog attack in Odessa

An Odessa Woman is on a slow road to recovery after being attacked by two dogs last week on the 700 block of South Lee.

"She was hysterical. She was panicking. She was holding her chin because it seemed like something was hanging. She was just gushing blood," said Louis Garza, the neighbor who may have saved her life.

Juanita Rodriguez, 67, was mowing her lawn when the unthinkable happened, two neighborhood dogs began viciously attacking her.

"I heard some dogs barking out here. Luckily, I was in my back yard. I thought nothing of it until I heard screaming," said Garza.

Garza jumped over his fence to help his longtime neighbor. He yelled and charged at the two pit bulls which scared them away.

Rodriguez has been in the hospital ever since the attack. She just went through her second of many surgeries to come.
    
"It's going to be a process. It's not going to just be a one time operation," said Sam Rodriguez, the victim's son. "Today was the skin graft or the initial skin graft. Shes going to have to come back for some more."

Aurelio Hernandez-Leyva and Maria Quintero-Leyva, both 40, were charged with attack by dog.

The family is shocked by how little Hernandez-Leyva and Quintero-Leyva seemed to care about victim. They hope this story will teach people to keep their dogs under control.

"She just turned around and walked away, like it's nothing. I guess she figured since there was already somebody here to help her, she was no longer needed. I don't know what was going on through her head" said Garza.

"It could have been a kid. It could have been a smaller kid out there that they could have attacked," said Sam.

The Rodriguez family says they are taking it one step at a time. Juanita is doing well and she is expected to be released from the hospital tomorrow.

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