Texas Housekeeper Mauled By Pack Of Dogs: Maria Arcos Viciously Attacked By 15 Strays At Houston Bus Stop [VIDEO]

By Philip Ross on July 24, 2013 1:13 PM EDT

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A pack of 15 dogs viciously attacked a woman in Texas. The dogs, of various breeds, will be euthanized. (Photo: Reuters)

A Texas housekeeper was mauled nearly to death by a pack of wild dogs while on her way to a bus stop in Houston. Maria Arcos, 52, was walking under an overpass on Monday on her way to work when a pack of 15 stray dogs surrounded her. They pounced on Arcos, pulled her to the ground and dragged her down the street. She suffered a heart attack during the vicious mauling, and is in the hospital in critical condition.

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"They was eating her. The dogs was eating her to the bone," Oscar Reyes, Arcos' stepson, told KHOU 11 News. "[They bit] her arms, her legs, her neck -- they cover her."

The wild dogs even managed to rip Arcos' clothes off. She had wounds all over her body. Only after a railroad employee called the authorities did the gruesome dog attack let up.

 "Usually you'll have one or two, but an attack like this is very rare," Houston Animal Control Manager Chris Glaser told KHOU. "It's a pack mentality. That can happen when there's an aggressive act by one and it continues."

According to The Daily Mail, the ringleader of the pack of stray dogs was a pit bull cross. After the attack, animal control authorities located the pack of 15 dogs hiding under a nearby mortuary. They tried to lure the dogs into a cage using food as bait so that they could be taken to an animal shelter and euthanized. Some of the dogs were just puppies. Officers have trapped five of the animals, but believe there are still 10 or so others hiding out under the mortuary.

The stress of the mauling caused 52-year-old Arcos to have a heart attack. Her family fears she may not survive the horrific ordeal.

This isn't the only dog mauling in Texas to make recent headlines. Earlier this month, a woman was attacked in her home by a stray dog that had entered her yard. Linda Oliver was found dead in her living room, having suffered multiple bite marks, after she tried to break up a fight between the wild dog, described as a large black Labrador, and her own pet dog.

KHOU 11 reports on the dog pack mauling in Texas in this video posted to YouTube:

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