A 64-year-old woman critically injured last week after being attacked by a pack of dogs improved to stable condition Monday, a hospital spokeswoman said.
The woman was walking her chihuahua in the 8700 block of South Cregier Avenue just before 7 p.m. last Friday when she and the dog were attacked by at least three other dogs, police department spokesman Daniel O'Brien said.
She was in critical condition at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County through Monday. Her condition was elevated Monday night, spokeswoman Marisa Kollias said.
The victim's dog was killed in the attack.
Kollias said she didn't expect the woman to be well enough to talk about her ordeal until at least Friday.
The owner of the dogs, Katesha Curtiss, was also injured when she tried to intervene. She faced numerous citations.
Curtiss said she had the pit bulls as protection for her and her children, but that she never anticipated an attacked like this would happen.
I'm not a bad person and I'm so sorry. I'm sorry that this happened to her," she said. "I just want her to know that I'm sorry and that I'm here for her," Curtiss said. "Whatever I can do I will do it."