A 77-year-old woman was recovering on Monday after being attacked by two unleashed Cane Corso Mastiffs.
Dorothy Bass was walking with two friends along Lone Spruce Road at about 8 a.m. when she and her friends were approached by the two dogs, 10TV's Tino Ramos reported.
The woman tripped backwards over a curb, when one of the dogs lunged at her, taking a bite out of her hand, witnesses said.
Bass' friend, Frederick Marshall, said that he fired two gunshots at the dogs, but neither were struck.
"When I saw him bite her hand and a chunk pulled down, boy that blood just started coming down. I knew I had to do something," Frederick Marshall said. "I pulled my gun out and cleared the chamber, and was trying to shoot the dogs but make sure she wasn't in the line of my fire."
Columbus Animal Control was called to the scene and took custody of both dogs. According to an animal control official, the dogs lived about 100 yards from where the attack occurred.
Bass was treated for her injuries at Riverside Methodist Hospital.
A family members said that Bass planned to pursue legal action.
It was unknown if the dog owner would be cited for the attack.
The animal control officer who responded to the bite said that the two dogs would be considered vicious animals, Ramos reported.
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