Pueblo Woman Attacked By Dogs After Getting Off Bus

A 20-year-old woman was taken to the hospital Tuesday night after she was attacked by two dogs.

Juliann Hernandez says she was getting off the bus from a day of classes at a community college in Pueblo. She says she was attacked near 8th and Utica Avenue in Pueblo, completely unprovoked.

Hernandez says at first, she had so much adrenaline going, she didn't even realize one of the dogs bit her. Once she realized she would be OK, she says she was also thinking of the dogs' safety.

"I'm a dog lover. I didn't want to hurt them, I was almost in tears telling my mom I hope they don't get put down," Hernandez said.

She says when she saw the dogs come around the corner on 8th and Utica, she wasn't expecting they would attack. When the dogs attacked, she tried to fight them off with her backpack and with pepper spray.

Her dad says once they saw what was happening, the family came out of their home to help.

"One of them got a hold of her, clamped her knee...by then my wife and another daughter came out here, tried to scare them off, wouldn't go, finally she maced one of them...it kind of shocked them, one of them took off, the other went with it." Richard Pena says.

Hernandez says the dogs' owners took full responsibility for the attack.

"The people did come and they personally apologized, and that did mean a lot," Hernandez said.

Hernandez says she still loves dogs, but will be more cautious in the future.

We also talked to the woman who owns the dogs; she says she feels horrible about what happened. She added that had it not been for the nearly 60 mph wind gusts Tuesday afternoon, her dogs would have never gotten out.

The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region says the two dogs are pit bulls. The dogs' owners will face misdemeanor charges. They say the dogs are currently under a quarantine, which means they must stay inside for two weeks.

We asked the humane society what we can all do if we ever find ourselves in that type of situation. Animal officers say we should never stare a dog in the eyes because they consider it a challenge. You should turn your body sideways to make yourself less of a threat, but don't turn your back on the dog because it can make you prey. If a dog appears to be aggressive, find something to put in front of you like a stick or purse to deflect a bite.