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.
What will happen to the dogs?The owners willingly gave up the two big dogs, Dallas and Buster. Both lacked vaccination registrations with the city. They likely will be destroyed, Wilburton Mayor Stephen Brinlee said. The other mid-sized and small dogs were registered and weren’t turned over. An animal control officer has fed and cared for the two dogs in separate pens and they’ve shown no aggressive behavior, he said. "All she gets is wagging tails and dogs that want to be petted,” he said. "They’re normally nice,” said Patricia Nasuta, the woman at the home when McCarty was attacked. Brinlee said he wants to make sure nothing like that happens again. He said he’s concerned because he understands young children live at the residence. "I want the dogs put to sleep,” McCarty said. "That way this doesn’t happen to anyone else.”
What the laws sayBrinlee said the town doesn’t have an ordinance that limits number of pets. He said that’s an issue Wilburton definitely needs to consider. State Rep. Paul Wesselhoft, R-Moore, has tried to ban pit bull terriers. He’s also tried to pass a "first bite misdemeanor” law that would charge the dog owner $1,000 and several days in jail the first time a dog bites. He said, after a 3-year-old in his district lost his arm to a pit bull terrier, he decided to fight for more control over dogs. "For over a century they’ve been bred for one thing: to bring down its prey and kill it. You can’t take that out of them,” Wesselhoft said. "Because of that, I think they should be classified as an exotic animal. I think they should be put in zoos,” he said.