Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:48 PM
Updated: Jan 24, 2013 10:04 PM
BROWNSVILLE - Two women remain at a hospital after being attacked by their own dogs.
The victims are two sisters in their 60s, officials said.
Police said the dogs attacked after one of the women tried to feed a piece of a tortilla to one of the animals.
The attack happened at approximately 2 p.m. on the 1300 block of 17th Street near downtown Brownsville.
A man walking near the women's home heard their screams and rushed to help.
"I was walking home from work, and in the distance I saw a lady screaming with a lot of dogs around her. I thought it was a little boy, so I started running," David Mendez said.
"When I got there I realized it was an elderly lady on the ground, so I started kicking the dogs off and then I picked her up and I moved her to the side and managed to get the dogs inside the gate ... close the gate. There was another guy who was helping me," Mendez said.
Mendez said the woman might not have made it if he and other Good Samaritan had not gotten there in time.
"They would have killed the lady; they would have bit her to death," Mendez said.
"All the dogs were on her, all of them. I mean she had bites all over her legs, all over her arms. I mean, skin coming off when I picked her up. I still have blood on my shirt because I took my shirt off to pick her up and I had flesh all over. She was really bad," Mendez said.
The women's 91-year-old mother was taken away from the house since both of her daughters were taken to the hospital.