"There was blood everywhere and pieces of ripped up clothing, it was a pretty horrific scene," neighbor Craig Perry said.
"When I saw them both, both of them were laying in the street maybe 10 feet apart," Perry said.
Witnesses say a loose dog began attacking 85-year-old Betty Long and her two small dogs on Nacimiento Avenue in Grover Beach. That's when next-door neighbor David Fear jumped into action to save Long.
"Still trying to.. little bit of a shock, keeping them in our prayers, they're still in pretty bad shape last time I heard from Dave's wife," Perry said.
David Fear's family released a statement Thursday, reading in part: "At this time his injuries are quite extensive. We are gratified by the outpouring of love and support from our community. At this time, however, we ask that you respect our family's privacy."
The officer's roommate tells us that the dog was put to sleep following the attack. She also said the dog owner is out of town.
"We're just so thankful that Dave was home," Betty Long's son's girlfriend, Missie Roth told us.
Missie Roth is Betty Long's son's girlfriend. Long suffered a broken shoulder, broken pelvis, head cuts and bite marks all over her body from the attack.
"Was such a brave man to jump into a dog fight, risking his life, which is still really in jeopardy, to save our mom, Betty Long," Roth said.
The dog was a personal dog of that police officer. SLO County Animal Services is leading the investigation.
(KEYT - Dec 15, 2016)