Just hours after she was released from the hospital Monday Paula Chatman, 71, showed 10TV the aftermath of a terrifying attack.
Her blood-stained bandages stretch from the tip of her toes to her knee caps after an encounter with a neighbor's pit bull on Dillon Drive Sunday night.
"He was looking real frisky like he was going to do some damage and I was trying to get around him to get into the house but he kept being aggressive and I backed up and I hit the ground," said Chatman.
She says she was completely caught off guard while removing groceries from her car, which was parked in the garage.
She says she spotted the dog in her driveway and suspects it jumped over the fence because he lives in the house directly behind hers.
Chatman says her son heard her desperate cryies in the grass and was able to scare the dog away with a pole.
Chatman was rushed to the hospital after suffering 35 puncture wounds.
The pit bull remains at its home home in the 3900 block of Dillon Drive under a 10 day quarantine.
The dog's owner had no comment for 10TV. His animal is now designated a dangerous dog.
Police also cited the owner for failure to control, failure to vaccinate and failure to license.
It's now up to a judge to determine what happens next.
"I don't think anyone should have be concerned with a dog that acts in that manner because had it been a child that child probably would be dead," said Chatman.
Franklin County Animal Care and Control says this is the first bite on the dog's record.
The only way a dog can be deemed vicious is if it causes permanent disfigurement or death.
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