WARNING: Some of the pictures in this video are graphic.
TACOMA, Wash. — A woman in Washington state is recovering from a brutal attack by raccoons. Michaela Lee was walking her dog in a nearby park when her dog chased after two raccoons. The animals ran up a tree and her dog broke free and followed them. That’s when the raccoons charged at Lee.
“I didn’t think they were going to attack me, I thought they were just trying to chase me off, you know, their tree,” she said.
A total of five raccoons attacked her. Now, Lee has 16 puncture wounds and 100 scratches.
“They scratched and bit so hard that it is bruised all the way underneath and they tore away big chunks of skin,” Lee said.
Neighbors say they could hear Lee screaming for help. She says it felt like the attack would never end.
“I’m down on the ground, I’m bleeding, I’m going into shock, my teeth are chattering,” Lee said.
The attack finally ended when her dog Maddy bared her teeth and growled at the vicious animals. She calls her a hero dog. Lee says she worries that the animals
may attack others who are not in good shape or may not be able to try to get away quickly. She estimated about 50 people use the trail every day.
“If it were anyone who was less athletic or able to get up I’m worried that it could have been fatal,” she said.
Lee says she plans to continue walking on the trail daily but she’ll start carrying pepper spray at the insistence of her boyfriend.