Country highway

Exercise walk along country road turns deadly thanks to pit bulls

Name: ADG
Victim: Adult
Location: I was out for a walk, North Carolina
Year of attack: 2021

Tell us about the attack

I was walking along the shoulder of a highway. As I approached a house, two pit mixes from that property came out charging at me.

I tried to remain calm. I kept walking. I could feel the breath from their barks.

Then out the corner of my eye I saw three more pit mixes charge at me. The white one didn’t hesitate: it bit my right thigh. I tried to keep moving but the other four instantly started biting me as well.

They began dragging me into the woods, which was easy for them, as I only weigh 105 pounds [47 kg]. I knew if they got me all the way into the woods I’d be dead. So with all I had, I ran a few feet back out of the woods so I could at least be seen. For five excruciating minutes I was bitten and mauled by these pits. I screamed and screamed for help, begging anyone to help me.

A 71-year-old women saved my life. I was air-lifted to Chapel Hill, where I got 78 stitches, 13 staples to the head and a ear sown back on.

How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
I am a survivor, but my body is covered in scars. I cannot wear shorts without being embarrassed the whole time. In my right arm the tendon was so torn that I now have POPEYE syndrome in it. I have permanent nerve and tissue damage to my right arm and thigh. I can’t use them like I used to be able to, so I can’t work.

I am in constant pain.

The worst is the mental part. I loved dogs before this, but now a puppy barking sends me into panic attacks. I’ll never be the same again physically or mentally. I can’t sleep. I have nightmares. I don’t like leaving my home most days.

Legal Consequences
The pits were seized and put down. Well four of the five anyway: they tried to tell me there was only four. The owner received a ordinance violation for not having the pit bulls properly enclosed.

What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
Pits should all be put down or kept under lock and key. If there are pits in your area, and you go out walking, take mace or a blunt object to defend yourself. Be mindful of your surroundings at all times.