2 Rottweilers attack woman, small dog in Pupukea

(image: Kellie King)
(image: Kellie King)
(image: Kellie King)
(image: Kellie King)
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(image: Hawaii News Now)

PUPUKEA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Deidre Erickson has puncture wounds on her feet and hands, a sprained wrist, and will need surgery on her knee after she said she was viciously attacked by her neighbor's two Rottweilers in Pupukea last week.

"It's the worst thing I've ever experienced ever. I haven't been able to sleep. There are certain images you don't get out of your mind and it was very traumatizing to say the least and I don't want that to happen to anyone else in my neighborhood," Erickson said.

Erickson said she was walking her neighbor's Chihuahua last Monday when her other neighbor's Rottweilers somehow got loose.

"The next thing I know I'm mowed over, I'm hit, I'm attacked by something big. I was on the ground and I could smell and see the fur and it's turning trying to bite me...there was blood all over my shirt, I was shaking, my knee was gaping open," she said.

David Jay said he saw the commotion from his home and ran to help.

"I just remember the big dog, the closest one to me, just kind of grabbing it, kind of picking it up and giving it like heave-ho, kind of tossing it away from her. The other dog kind of freaked out and started running away and jumping around and the next thing I know, the big dog came back," Jay said.

"I was screaming, 'Oh my God! Help me!' On the top of lungs, kicking, fighting," said Erickson.

They said the incident lasted about five minutes until the Rottweilers' handler got them back onto their property.

The Chihuahua, named Jimmie, nearly lost her leg and needed more than 100 stitches on her stomach and neck.

"There's a metal rod in her leg now holding her bone together. The dogs gutted her whole torso and they punctured her neck," said Kellie King, Jimmie's owner.

A police report was filed but the Rottweilers are still there and the neighbors want the owner of the Rottweilers to be held responsible.

"When a human is attacked by a dog, immediately the dog should be impounded … because at any given time, they can get out. And I feel bad for the animals, but at the same time, they have to be taken away and the person cited and taken care of," Erickson said.

The Rottweilers' owner declined an interview with Hawaii News Now.

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