OKLAHOMA CITY – A teenager is recovering from injuries all over her body after she was violently attacked by two dogs earlier this week.
It happened on Tuesday in the parking lot of a church near N.W. 19th and MacArthur.
“I couldn’t believe it was happening. Like you see it, but you wouldn’t believe it would happen to you,” 14-year-old Ariana Alvarez told News 4.
Alvarez said it happened so fast.
“We were in the parking lot from 7-Eleven, and then the dogs started running at us so we started running. Then I went to a tree, and they started attacking me. So, I started hitting them,” Alvarez said.
The attack was so brutal, Alvarez was left covered in blood and now has lacerations all over her body.
Fortunately, two kind strangers saw what was happening and hit the dogs until they finally took off.
"She still doesn't have some of the feeling in her left hand," Shawna Alvarez, Ariana’s mother, said.
Shawna, a mother of six, was distraught when she heard the news.
"I had actually just got to work and then my older daughter called me and she's like, 'Ariana got attacked. Ariana got attacked.' And I was like, 'What do you mean?'" Shawna told News 4.
Ariana spent the night in the hospital and is now back home. She’s doing OK, all things considered.
"She's in a lot of pain physically, but emotionally also. She'll just cry and say she can't believe it happened to her. She can't believe they attacked her," Shawna said.
Now, Shawna is left with some major concerns.
"Because we live within a mile of an elementary school, even kindergartners, they have to walk to and from school and then also, there's a daycare directly across the street from the house where the dogs live," she said.
She’s worried because it’s been four days since the attack and the dogs still haven’t been picked up by animal welfare.
Officials with Oklahoma City Animal Welfare told News 4 that they are waiting on Alvarez’s mom to file an official complaint and sign it before they can seize the pit bulls.
Shawna said she is in the process of doing that.
"I want to see the dogs picked up. I mean there are too many kids in the area. If they would have gotten ahold of one of my smaller kids, the outcome would have been a lot worse,” Shawna said.
News 4 tried to stop by the owner’s house to see if he wanted to comment, but there was a locked gate around his property.