Taunton, MA – A woman who was attacked by a pack of pit bulls while she was out for a walk said that the police officer who stopped to help save her life should be fired.
The incident occurred on April 27, as Rochelle Silva was walking her daughter’s dog, Ace, along Broadway, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
As she passed by one residence, at least one pit bull managed to escape from the yard.
But when the owner tried to get a hold of that dog, five more ran out.
Rochelle said that the dogs simultaneously attacked her as she held Ace out of their reach.
“All six of them were biting at me,” she said.
“I could feel the chunks coming out of my body,” Rochelle told WLNE. “I thought I was going to die.”
A Taunton police officer was out on patrol, when he spotted the attack in progress, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
The pack of dogs had already swarmed the defenseless woman, and the officer was unable to safely discharge his duty weapon without potentially striking her.
Instead, he quickly activated the lights and sirens on his patrol vehicle, which frightened the animals just long enough for the officer and a good Samaritan to get Rochelle into the cruiser.
Some of the dogs then began attacking the patrol car, and tried to attack the officer through a window, WLNE reported.
Rochelle was rushed to a local hospital with bite injuries all over her body.
“I got a bite on my face, bites on my arms,” she told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I have a big chunk out of my right leg…behind my knee cap that went right to the bone.”
Her daughter, Arianna Silva, said that the injuries were nearly fatal, WLNE reported.
“If it was anywhere else, like in her neck, or anywhere on her upper body, she probably would have died,” Arianna said.
Rochelle needed over 100 stitches and multiple skin grafts to treat her injuries.
Ace was fatally injured during the attack, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
The good Samaritan suffered a minor injury due to a bite.
Although the officer’s quick-thinking provided a brief window for Rochelle’s rescue, she and her daughter declared that he should have done more.
“I don’t want him to be working as a police officer who’s supposed to protect and serve,” Rochelle told WLNE. “I want him fired.”
Arianna claimed that the officer got back into his vehicle and locked the doors instead of jumping into the fight.
“You have a whole waistband full of weapons,” she railed. “You could’ve shot the dogs individually, you could have tased them.”
It was unclear whether or not the Silvas placed any blame on the owner of the animals for the unprovoked attack.
The pit bulls were seized by animal control, and were placed in quarantine pending a hearing with their owner.