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92-year old woman mauled by several dogs near Olympia

Dogs could be seen barking Monday at the window of the home where four dogs are quarantined for attacking an elderly woman.

THURSTON COUNTY, Wash. -- An elderly woman is fighting for her life after being attacked by several dogs inside her neighbor's home in Thurston County.

West Thurston County Fire crews and the Thurston County Sheriff's Office responded to the home on Entree View Dr. SW in the Scott Lake Community just after 5pm Sunday.

The homeowner arrived to find her neighbor, 92-year-old Gladys Anderson, on the floor after getting mauled by up to 4 dogs while she was away, deputies stated. Anderson suffered several broken bones and deep cuts to her legs and head, they added.

"Please hurry! There's lots of blood all over!" the homeowner told dispatchers. "She let herself in, which she doesn't normally do. And my dogs are protective. And she's a real small lady. And they started getting her."

The homeowner has served as Anderson's caretaker for the past several months, so it wasn't unusual for Anderson to stop by the home, deputies stated.

Only one of the dogs belonged to the homeowner. She was watching the other 3 for her daughter, deputies said. They're all pitbull mixes.

The Thurston County Sheriff's Office said no criminal charges are being filed at this point.

"The dogs are where they're supposed to be," said Thurston County Sheriff's Sgt. Tim Rudloff. "So, there's nothing criminal in nature. Nobody caused for that to happen. The owners of the dogs certainly didn't cause for that attack."

Friends and neighbors said the attack couldn't have happened to a nicer, gentler woman.

"It's just shocking that this kind of thing should and did happen. She didn't deserve that," said neighbor Pam Crocker.

"She would help anyone with anything, and she accepts help from everybody. So yeah, she's a very nice lady," said friend Kitty Finnigan.

All 4 dogs are being quarantined at the home for the next 10 days while animal control determines if any of them should be considered 'dangerous', deputies said. The homeowner has already expressed interest in having hers put down, they added. Rudloff said the Thurston County Sheriff's Office isn't aware of any previous problems with the dogs.

Crocker said she hopes the victim will pull through. As of 5pm Monday, Anderson was listed in critical condition in the intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

"I'm just praying for her. Praying that she'll have angels and god all around her to protect her and to help her through this," Crocker said.

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