In an unprovoked attack, a pack of three large dogs barreled their way past a locked screen door, mauling two smaller dogs, their owner, and a concerned neighbor in a home in Denver.
According to Denver Animal Control, the attacking dogs somehow made their way into the house and violently assaulted the inhabitants, both human and canine.
The attacking pack peeled the screen off the security door off the West Denver home of Shirley Croffard on Saturday night.
Croffard says she purchased and installed the security door last year, saying it made her feel safe. Somehow, around 5:00 Saturday night, the invading dogs made their way past what was supposed to be safe to enter uninvited and wreak havoc on her small-breed dogs.
She says she does not understand what made the larger dogs do what they did, "It was unprovoked. It was behind a locked door and still as a pack they came and destroyed."
In an attempt to stop the attacking dogs and to protect her pets, she was invariably attacked herself. Wounds and lacerations brought her quickly to the emergency room.
"I saw the dog on top of her and her screaming," said Albert Garcia, a neighbor who was also bitten by the dogs while trying to pull them off the smaller dogs.
When asked about the attacking dogs by local news reporters about whether or not these dogs have been a neighborhood problem, Garcia replied, "Yes," said Garcia. "They’ve been out of the yard. They’ve been in my backyard."
According to Denver Animal Control, the dogs who attacked were two mastiffs and the third may possibly have been a pit bull, but they are still making determinations. They have also stated that several citations have been issued against the dogs and their owners and have impounded all three canines.
Croffard’s dogs are now under observation at an animal hospital, where they were immediately taken after the attack. Veterinarians say one dog, named Dug, may need a series of several surgeries in order to survive the wounds it has sustained. The other, named Gordy, is now at home.
"The horror of it all," said Croffard. "It's unbelievable this could happen to you in your own living room."