An 83-year-old woman who was attacked by four pit bulls a week ago was near death late Friday after being taken off life support.

Alemeaner Dial of the 1900 block of Gaddys Mill Road in Rowland was in critical condition at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill about 6 p.m., according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Dial was taken off life support about 2 p.m., according to her daughter-in-law, Linda Dial.

"They're telling us it's just a matter of time," Linda Dial said, adding that the infection from the bites was too much for the 83-year-old's body to handle.

Alemeaner Dial was attacked on her front porch Oct 25 by two adult dogs and two puppies, which belonged to her granddaughter who was staying with her. The dogs, which were kept inside a fence that included her house, dragged her down concrete steps and into the yard where they ripped off her ears, tore out her hair and mutilated her arms and legs, her daughter-in-law said.

Dial's grandson kicked the dogs off his grandmother and shot one of them. Animal control officers caught the other three dogs, which were euthanized.

The adult dogs had up to date vaccinations, Smith said. Test for rabies on the puppies came back negative.

After the attack, Dial was taken by helicopter to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington then to UNC Hospitals.

The Robeson County Sheriff's Office is investigating the attack.

"We're still gathering all the information we can," said Maj. Anthony Thompson of the Sheriff's Office. "We'll present our findings to the District Attorney."