Neighbors powerless to stop pit bulls during attack on New Mexico woman.
A New Mexico woman is dead after being mauled by her neighbors pit bulls.
Margaret Salcedo was walking in her Truth or Consequences neighborhood Sunday afternoon when the four pit bull mixes attacked.
Witness Laura Russell heard the commotion and immediately called 911.
She says Salcedo tried to grab her phone, but a dog bit her arm and she dropped it.
Authorities think the attack lasted at least three minutes.
An officer quickly arrived on scene and shot into the air to scare the dogs.
When one dog charged at the officer, he shot and killed it.
The other dogs ran off.
Police say Salcedo was conscious at the scene.
They thought she was going to live, but she was later overcome by her injuries.
“I think it’s like living in the Middle Ages where you hate to go outside because the wolves are going to eat your grandchildren,” says neighbor Elizabeth Stout.
Police think the dogs got loose from a home nearby.
They’re looking at how the dogs escaped.
The District Attorney will decide whether to file charges against the couple.
The other three dogs will likely be euthanized.