By Joe Walker, Doug Auer and Cynthia R. Fagen, New York Post
Prospect Park Rottweiler fury
An elderly Brooklyn woman was mauled in a terrifying, unprovoked Rottweiler attack as she took an early morning walk through Prospect Park yesterday.
"I was just walking on the sidewalk [inside the park], and two dogs ran after me. They attacked me on the hands and face," the still-trembling, 80-year-old victim, Yuk Ho Chan, told The Post after she was released from Methodist Hospital.
"They were clawing at my face."
The dogs were on a leash, as per the park's regulations, but the unidentified owner was issued two summonses for failing to have a city Health Department-issued license and failure to control a dog after the 7:40 a.m. incident.
The owner was allowed to leave with the animals.
"It was very scary. I didn't know what happened," said Yuk, who had dried bloodstains smeared on her jacket. "He [the owner] couldn't control the dogs. They were mean-looking and they were furious."
Yuk, who lives across the street from the park, was bitten out of the blue about 100 yards from the 15th Street entrance on Prospect Park West.
Police sources said the dogs' owner managed to pull them off Yuk, who collapsed to the ground bleeding from her hands and the left side of her head.
The Health Department will decide the fate of these dogs.
Yuk said she doesn't blame the 54-year-old owner.
"I'm OK now. It wasn't the man's fault. It was the dogs," said Yuk, whose son translated for her.
Christie Smythe, 28, who walks a Jack Russell terrier mix in the same area of the park, said, "My dog isn't always fond of elderly people. They move differently than other people and that seems to set off a reaction."
"He'll see older people power walking and he snaps. He growls and snarls, and I have to yank him back."
Juan Diego Castro, 29, who has a Lab mix, said "It all depends on the owner. You have to raise [the dogs] correctly. If the owner is aggressive, the dog will be aggressive."
The city's most vicious breed -- measured by the number of bites on humans reported last year -- was the pit bull, with 815 reported chompings, The Post first reported.
That's nearly a quarter of the 3,609 bites recorded in 2010 by the Health Department. The pit bull was followed by the Rottweiler, Shih Tzu and Chihuahua.