MODESTO - When Maria Fernandez heard dogs snarling in her backyard last month only moments after her son had stepped outside, she hurried to open the back door.
"And they had him. They were all around him," Fernandez recalled from her bed at Evergreen Nursing and Rehabilitation Care. "So I tried to chase them with a broom, but they got on me."
Her 54-year-old son Juan Fernandez managed to get inside a small shed when her neighbor's four pit bulls turned on her. That's when her son likely saved her life.
"My son had time to run to a little shed. But the dogs were on me, so he came back. You know, to save me," Fernandez said. "That's when they went again on him. He went back again to take care of me."
Fernandez, who now had bites on her arms, shoulder and head, and suffered a broken leg, managed to retreat.