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Family speaks out after dog attack

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65-year-old Vivien Brookman was on her daily walk Tuesday morning when three pit bulls surrounded her.

KWWL spoke to her daughter when she was in surgery Tuesday.

"One went around back and the other two smaller dogs were in the front. She said the big one just started biting the back of her legs and the other two, she was trying to hold them off but she just couldn't," said Jenette Jebe, Brookman's daughter.

Jebe says her mother has serious wounds nearly everywhere on her body.

"She was scared. She said she just didn't know what to do. They just wanted to eat her. They were just trying to eat her," said Jebe.

Brookman wasn't the dogs' first victim. Waterloo police were called to the scene after there was word a teenage boy was being attacked by the dogs. When crews arrived, that's when they noticed Brookman was also attacked.

Richard Pickett saw part of the attack and lives in the area. He says he sees dogs loose in the neighborhood all the time.

"I bet I see two a week roaming the area without no leash, no owners," said Pickett.

He says what really needs to change is owner responsibility.

"I have nothing against pit bulls. I mean they can be really good dogs. But like any other animal, you get them in a pack setting, you get them in numerous setting they probably tend to get a little vicious and that proved it this morning," said Pickett.

As for Brookman, her daughter wants to thank everyone for helping try to scare the dogs off.

"She just kept telling me this boy came out of the house and he was helping me and he was trying to get the dogs off of me and they wouldn't stop biting me," said Jebe.

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