SAN ANTONIO -

Two dogs attacked a woman as she was getting out of her car in the 5800 block of Jerome on San Antonio's West side around 5 a.m. Monday morning.

"The dogs were just circling us like sharks," said Alma Factor, who saw the dogs attacking her niece. "They wanted to attack. They were hungry."

A police officer shot and killed one of the dogs that attacked the woman, identified as 31-year-old Suzanne Aldape, when it charged at him. An Animal Care Services employee took the other dog.

Factor said the dogs had been terrorizing the neighborhood all night, and as soon as Aldape got out of the car, the dogs -- what she described as pitbulls -- attacked.

Aldape was dropping off her 3-year-old daughter at Factor's house, and hadn't made it around the car when she heard a growl and felt a bite. Aldape tried to fight off the dogs with an umbrella that she was carrying,.

The dogs bit her leg and forearm, and she was taken by ambulance to Downtown Baptist Hospital for treatment. She received 14 rabies shots as a precaution.

Factors said the dogs didn't just attack Aldape out by the street -- they followed her all the way to the front door.

"They were trying to get inside the house. It looked horrible," Factor said.

The same dogs also jumped a fence and pinned a man in the bed of his pickup.

"They were after somebody," Gilbert Dilvila said.

He said the two dogs that caused problems Monday morning are not the only ones making trouble in the neighborhood. There are often dogs wandering around.

"I'm afraid of them," Dilvila said.