ROCKVILLE - A Montgomery County woman is recovering after police say she was attacked by five dogs while out walking her own dog.
The attack happened in the 12700 block of Robindale Drive at around 5 p.m. Thursday.
According to police, the 28-year-old woman and her 7-year-old Foxhound were walking in the area when she saw five pit bull mixed breeds outside of a home. She crossed the street trying to create a little distance, but in the end, it wasn't enough.
"She was so upset," said Montgomery County Police Animal Services Officer Lindsey Gilson. "She was shaking like a leaf. Obviously just traumatized."
Gilson said she arrived at the scene minutes after the attack and says the five pit bulls had broken free from the front yard of a home and charged at the victim and her pet.
"She couldn't get away," said Officer Gilson. "Whichever way she turned, there was another dog there."
After officers responded to the area, police say the dogs attacked again, biting the victim and her Foxhound. Officers began protective measures and were able to contain the attacking dogs in the yard.
Police say the victim was transported to the hospital after suffering several severe bite wounds. She was treated and released Thursday night. Her dog was taken to an emergency animal clinic with multiple life-threatening puncture wounds, lacerations and other injuries. As of Friday, she was in critical condition.
Police say the five attacking dogs, all pit bull mixed-breeds, were taken into custody by the police department's Animal Services Division. They have been declared "dangerous" under Montgomery County Code and will remain in their custody as police continue to investigate.
It is unknown if the owner of the pit bulls will face charges.