A woman in her 60s was attacked by two dogs that bit her in the face, neck and throat before they were killed by an officer.
The woman, whose name has not been released, was in stable condition Friday at Atlanta Medical Center.
The incident happened around 1 p.m. Thursday while the woman was walking her dogs, as she normally does, in the Windsong Plantation subdivision on Willow Trace in Stockbridge, according to Henry County police.
Investigators said the two dogs, described as "pitbull-type dogs" noticed the little dogs, escaped from their holding area and attacked at least one of the dogs while the other ran away.
“She picked it up and the dogs turned on her until they got her to the ground,” police spokesman Sgt. Joey Smith said.
The dogs bit her in the leg and once she was on the ground they attacked her face, neck and throat, he said.
Neighbors who heard the commotion and saw the attack tried to help the woman while someone called 911.
“They used shovels and rakes to stop the dogs, but the dogs were so focus on the attacked it didn’t affect them in anyway,” Sgt. Smith said.
A short time later, an officer arrived and shot the dogs after managing to position himself between them and the woman, Sgt. Smith said.
Late Thursday, officers found the owners of the dog, but it’s undecided if they should be charged.
“The dogs got out of their holding area, we don’t know if was negligence or if they forced their way out,” Sgt. Smith said.
Rabies testing will be done on both animals, he said.