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Woman Attacked by Dogs in Northwest Neighborhood

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LAS VEGAS -- A woman is recovering after being attacked by dogs in a neighborhood near Cheyenne Avenue and Jones Boulevard Friday morning.

According to a spokesperson with the City of Las Vegas, the woman was approaching a home at around 10 a.m. when the dogs attacked.

The dogs bit her head and her leg. The bites were severe enough that she was taken to the hospital.

Homeowner Dahl Baca didn't want to show her face, but lives near by where the attack happened and said the owner has a history of not taking care of the dogs.

"I was driving down Miramar and I noticed a dog catcher and I thought, finally someone is taking care of all the small animals that are roaming the streets," Baca said. "That's scary, it could have been me, it could have been anybody, could have been these kids playing in the street."

Other neighbors heard screams and what sounded like two dogs fighting, witnesses said the woman's skin was missing from part of her forehead and her leg was bitten.

Danny Chavez is a dog training expert and said cases like this give breeds like pit bulls a bad reputation.

"The owners should train the dogs to behave, to alert the owners, not to go and attack people," Chavez said. "They're being loyal and loyalty is what dogs know and are protecting their territory, their owners, but unfortunately in many cases the owners are happy their dogs act like that."

Animal control impounded the dogs, one is a pit bull and the other is a pit bull mix. They also cited the dogs' owner for three misdemeanors: dogs running at large, dog not spayed or neutered and dog not have proper shots.

The dogs have been quarantined for 10 days at Lied Animal Shelter.

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