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Woman 'extremely critical' after dog attack at Phoenix park

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A 72-year-old woman is recovering from surgery after she was brutally attacked by a group of dogs while she collected cans at a Phoenix park Wednesday morning, authorities said.

The dogs have been euthanized at the request of the owner.

Phoenix police said the woman was in "extremely critical" condition after she suffered severe dog bites about 5:25 a.m. Wednesday at Barrios Unidos Park at 1600 E. Mohave St.

According to police, the woman was collecting cans at the park, as she does routinely, when she was attacked primarily by a bull mastiff-pit bull mix.

When officers arrived, one of the dogs, the bull mastiff-pit bull mix, attacked the officers.

One of the officers shot the dog in the mouth. The other dogs fled to their home in the area of 1500 S. 12th St., police said.

There were four other mixed-breed dogs, all estimated to be younger than 1-year-old. They apparently got out of their yard through a small opening in the fence about a mile from the attack, an animal control officer said.

The owner of the dogs was contacted by police and the dogs were taken by Maricopa County Rabies and Animal Control officers. The dogs tested negative for rabies but were later put down at the request of the owner.

The family has set up several accounts to aid their grandmother's recovery expenses. People interested in donating to those accounts can do so at Bank of America. A savings account has been set up under the name of Elia Gutierrez. There is also a gofundme account. 

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