SILVER SPRING, Md. (WJZ) — A Maryland woman is mauled by a dog, forcing police officers to kill the animal. Ten other dogs were found crowded inside the small house where it happened.

Christie Ileto explains this was not the first sign of trouble at the home.

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Neighbors say Animal Control had been to the home before and that they are not surprised the dog charged at officers trying to help.

Police followed the piercing screams that came from 4304 Garrett Park Road. Once inside the Silver Spring home:

“They found a woman who was actively being attacked by a dog,” said Officer Nicole Gamard, Montgomery County Police.

The 40 pound terrier mix charged at police, forcing officers to fire on the family pet and end the vicious attack that left a 54-year-old woman with severe facial injuries.

“I heard a loud shot,” one neighbor named Dale said.

Dale lives two homes over. He was oblivious to the commotion steps from his front door.

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“I figured something must have gone on when I heard all the sirens,” he said.

Police say the dogs did not belong to the victim and that she was only dog-sitting for a family member. But residents say those dogs have long been a problem in the neighborhood.

“We had called Animal Control on this residence before and they said that she was in compliance with the law,” Dale said.

This time, Animal Control removed ten other mixed breed and pit bull terriers found in kennels.

“They have ten dogs. If you go anywhere near that house, it smells like stuff I can’t say on TV,” said one neighbor, who didn’t want her face shown.

Those dogs have been taken away form a now condemned home as part of a pending investigation.

The 54-year-old woman was taken to a nearby hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

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