Blighted street

My life-changing ordeal with a pit bull in Georgia

Name: Melanie Kemp
Victim: Adult
Location: On street, Georgia
Year of attack: 2018

Tell us about the attack

I was walking down the street with overcast weather and it was a little wet. I saw the pit bull but did not think in a million years that she would attack me. I was so shocked when she started running towards me and it immediately grabbed onto my leg with her mouth going all the way around my right leg. She proceeded to bite me and would not let go. I worked with animals for a long time and I never have been attacked or anything violent happened to me in any of my Animal Hospital jobs. She started biting me on my left leg and moved from my upper thigh to my arms. She was trying to get up to my neck and I’m screaming at the top of my lungs for somebody to help me. I was fortunate enough to catch a friend’s attention down the street and he saved me.

How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
My life has been extremely different. I was in the hospital for almost two weeks because of this attack. I have nightmares and I wake up screaming. As a result of this pit bull attack I lost my mind and pretty much went crazy after it happened. I was wanting to sue whoever I could but I was not able to make that happen. Where it happened was not a good neighborhood.

Legal Consequences
I did not call the police. However, when I called an ambulance to take me to the hospital after the attack, the police were subsequently involved. The pit bull was put down because she was too vicious. And I live with scars on both legs and both arms.

What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
I still love dogs however I am scared of any dog to this day. I hope I can eventually get over this fear.