3 dogs euthanized after mauling neighbors, dogs in Denver

DENVER - Three dogs accused of breaking through a security door at a neighbor's home and mauling two people and two other dogs have been euthanized.

"Due to the severity of the attack and the aggressiveness of the dogs, all three were euthanized," Denver city spokeswoman Meghan Hughes told 7NEWS.

The attack happened last month on South Winona Court in Denver. 

"I saw them [the dogs] charge out of my neighbor's house," neighbor Shirley Crofford said.

Crofford said the dogs ripped the screen off her front security door and burst into her home.

When Crofford stepped in to protect her two small dogs, she was bitten and had to go to the hospital to have the wounds cleaned.

"I saw the dog on top of her and her screaming," said Albert Garcia, a neighbor who was also bitten by the dogs while trying to pull them off the smaller dogs.

Crofford's dogs were taken to an animal hospital. Gordy was treated and released. Dug needed surgery.

The dog's owner, Karen Smith, was charged with three counts of leash law violation, seven counts of attack, three counts of bites and one count of damaging property, according to Denver Animal Control.

Smith's dogs were being held at the Denver Animal Shelter as a public safety threat. Hughes said Smith signed the dogs over to the city and Animal Control euthanized the dogs.

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