Yesterday morning I was out running in my neighborhood. The details are very fuzzy, but I don't remember seeing the two dogs. All of a sudden they were barking and one of them was jumping on me and scratching my legs.
I was so scared. I looked around and didn't see anyone. I heard barking and then a jump and pain on my leg. More barking and another jump and pain. Then jumping and the barking stopped. I was being bit. The attack had only lasted 5-10 seconds. I ran up to the nearest house and the dogs strangely stayed by the street.
I was going to ring the doorbell, but there was a realtor's box on the door. In my scared mind, I thought no one could be home. I pulled my cell phone out of my hydration belt and my hands were shaking so badly. I was trying to figure out which buttons to push to dial my husband who was asleep only 3 blocks away. And then I heard a motorcycle.
I stepped off the porch and waved my hands and yelled for help. It was a man two doors down and he turned off the motorcycle and just looked at me. I told him the dogs were attacking me.
At that point, there is more fuzziness in my memory. The dogs ran off, but I don't remember exactly when. We could see them one block down going around a mailbox.
I was so shaky and the man just seemed awkward. I asked if he'd see me home safely - it was only 3 blocks. He said he wanted to chase the dogs away. I was shocked. I felt I needed help, but didn't know what else to do. So, I started walking towards home... or running. I don't remember.
I turned the corner (we were actually at the corner) and I saw a deputy sitting in a car! I ran to him and told him what had happened and that the dogs were still there only one block away. He took off after them and I never gave him any information.
A couple of blocks before this attack I'd seen a friend run by going the other way - the way the dogs were now going. I called my neighbor and told her what had happened & asked if she had the phone number for this lady. She didn't. My neighbor met me and took me by the hand and walked me home. It was such a relief.
After talking with my husband and checking out my wounds (which didn't look too bad) we decided I needed to try and find the Constable and see if he'd found the dogs. I drove around for the next 20 minutes stopping people and telling them what had happened and warning them to be careful!
I found my friend almost immediately. When I told her a dog had just attacked me, she immediately got in my car and I drove her home. She said she often runs with pepper spray but didn't have it with her that day.
The two dogs have still not been found. They are kind of an odd pair. A brindle pitbull (or something similar) is the one who actually attacked me. "She" was fairly small for a pitbull, and I'm thankful for that! The other was a very short dog with long, black hair. The motorcyclist thought it was a dachshund. Neither one was wearing a collar.
Of course we are hoping to find both dogs both for the safety of our community and to find out if the one who bit me has rabies.
Again, I'm OK and feel more shaken up than anything. I did go to the doctor and am on antibiotics and checked and my tetanus shots are up to date. Right now, we are just trying to decide what to do about the rabies shots and hoping we find the dogs quickly.
I have 3 wounds. The one on my left leg is a pretty small scratch. On the inside of my right leg is about a 3 inch scratch with purple around it. The worse wound is the bit on the inside back of my right leg. Yesterday you could see the scratch marks of 6 teeth from the top jaw & 6 from the bottom. Since the bottom jaw is the one that moves to clamp down, it has left me quite purple. And, one of the bottom teeth is one that punctured me.
What follows is a photo from a few hours after the 7 am bite showing the teeth mark (bottom jaw is on the left) & a photo from last night.
Please be careful out there! Carry a cellphone & ID. Run in areas where you'll see other people. Carry pepper spray. Run with a buddy when you can. Let someone know where you'll be running & when you'll be back. Only use one ear bud if you're listening to music. And stay aware of your surroundings.
Wishing you all a safe, happy day!