Pitbull rips thumb off elderly woman

Jerry Najera, Multimedia Journalist
POSTED: 02:24 PM MST Jan 30, 2013    UPDATED: 08:40 PM MST Jan 14, 2014 
El Paso, Texas -

A Tornillo woman is trying to have her thumb reattached after it was bitten off by a pitbull.

 A neighbor tells ABC-7, the seventy-year-old grandmother is at University Medical Center undergoing surgery.

"When I got here the sheriff was already shooting the dog," said neighbor Angelica Valenzeula.

When she arrived at her home shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday, she saw deputies around her home with guns drawn.

"I was very scared, very scared, they didn't let me out of my truck." Valenzuela says.

Deputies reported a seventy-year-old woman attacked by a pitbull.

Valenzuela tells ABC-7, it was her neighbor's dog that bit the 70-year-old woman's's thumb off.

Valenzuela says a few of the kids were playing with the pitbulls newborn puppies when the dog became angry.

"She moved her hands to adjust her purse and the dog bit her out if instinct." says Valenzuela.

Once 911 was called deputies arrived and killed the dog.

"The dog ran to my house and she hid here and this is where they killed her," said Valenzuela.

Valenzuela tells ABC-7 there had never been an issue with the pitbull before.

"The dog was calm, it had never attacked anyone," said Valenzuela.

 She tells ABC-7 the owner of the dog was very emotional after the dog was killed.

"The owner of the dog cried for his dog because he's had her since she was a kid," said Valenzuela.

Valenzuela has been keeping in contact with the victim's family and she tells ABC-7 doctor's are working on reattaching the woman,s thumb.