AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) -- A woman heading into a North AustinPetsmart was attacked by three dogs.
With the help of a passer-by, the woman and her dog were able tobreak free and get help, but the attacking dogs' owner fled thescene.
Leena Murray and her dog, Bailey, are both doing much better nowafter receiving dozens of stitches costing hundreds.
"I got a few bites on my hands and scratches on my stomach,"Murray said.
Bailey, however, got the worst of the attack.
"She's lucky they didn't just pull her organs right out," saidPaul Murray, Leena's husband.
At about 3 p.m. Wednesday the Murrays were headed into thePetsmart at the Balcones Woods shopping center when a four-doorHonda pulled in.
"All three dogs jump out of the windows of the car is stillmoving, and then all three of them are on top of her instantlybefore I knew what happened," Leena Murray said.
A passer-by was able to help pull the three pit bulls off. WhileMurray ran inside for help, the owner of the pit bulls herded thedogs back into his car and drove off.
"Certainly someone should not run away if their dog bitessomebody, because the rabies situation is very serious," saidDorinda Pulliam with Town Lake Animal Shelter. "Rabies is a fataldisease."
Animal control officers are investigating, but if they don'tfind the dogs soon, Murray will have to undergo a series of rabiesvaccinations. Yet that is the least of her concerns
"I want to make sure this doesn't happen again, because nexttime it could be a child," Murray said.
She said the scariest thing about the attack was that it seemedcompletely random.
"Those dogs were not going to stop until she was dead," Murraysaid of Bailey. "It could have happened to anyone in that parkinglot."
The Murrays are offering a $1,000 reward for information thatleads them to the dogs' owner. To report information, call AustinAnimal Control at (512) 972-6060.
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