WILBURTON — Brandy McCarty asked the obvious question when she saw nine dogs inside the fence between her and the home of a client.
"Do they bite?”
The owner said no.
Carrying a heavy box of medical equipment, McCarty made it a few steps inside the fence at the Wilburton home before she felt something hit her side, then a bite.
She covered her face, but the dogs knocked her to the ground and began mauling her. McCarty is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 100 pounds, about the weight of a pit bull terrier and a Chow Chow-Labrador mix in the attack.
"It was horrific,” she said of the May 29 attack. "They were not just biting. It was like they were going to eat me. It was like they were going to have lunch.
"I just kept thinking you have to get up. You have to get up. If I don’t they’ll kill me,” she said.
The owner screamed at the dogs and at McCarty, telling her to run into the Wilburton house. McCarty kept screaming, "Help me! Help me!” She finally made it into the house.
But the pit bull did, too.
The dog bit her again just before McCarty slammed the bedroom door shut. Bleeding profusely, she looked around, found a cell phone and called 911.
"God was there because there was a cell phone right within my reach,” McCarty said. "I called 911. I called twice.”
She looked down at her injuries and wondered if the dogs had dog food in their mouths when they bit. Then she realized she was looking at the skin and muscle damage to her leg.
McCarty, 33, was in the hospital six days.
She is recovering from surgery on the more than 20 bites to her legs, back and buttocks.
McCarty uses a walker. She wonders how long it will be before she’ll be able to straighten or bend her leg, walk upstairs and help her husband care for their three children.