Flint woman recounts vicious attack from two pit bulls

 Karen Coleman recovers from a vicious attack by two pit bulls.
Karen Coleman recovers from a vicious attack by two pit bulls. (WJRT)
Published: Sep. 26, 2017 at 6:28 PM EDT
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(9-26-17) - A weekend dog attack left a Flint woman with severe facial injuries and could cost her an eye.

Karen Coleman, 59, often walks by the house and has seen the five pit bulls playing in the yard without giving them a second thought.

"They're usually there, but they didn't look combative. They were just walking around the yard," she said.

The next thing she knew, two of the dogs had escaped their yard and she was being attacked.

"They just came right at me, like I had something on that drew them to me." said Coleman

The attack happened Sunday morning as Coleman was heading to church.

"Something just told me to turn around. When I turned around and did that, he grabbed me right under here and the other grabbed me from the back and I'm trying to fight this one off and this one grabbed my face," Coleman said.

The life-or-death fight was on from there.

"i just grabbed it and I was holding it in my hands," she said. "I sprung my fingers trying to hold it and it was steady snapping at me and by that time the other one came around here and grabbed me up here. And he was just pulling and pulling me down the street."

A neighbor heard Coleman's screams and ran over to help her.

"He grabbed that chair, folded it up and started beating the dogs and when he took one off the other would come towards me," said Coleman

When it was finally over, her face was torn apart.

"You see stuff like this on TV and you never think that it would happen. It's all staged, but its for real," said Coleman

She was taken to Hurley Medical Center and then transferred to the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, where she said even seasoned medical professionals were stunned by her injuries. She received more than 40 stitches to her face.

"It's traumatic and God knows it's going to take a lot for me to heal and a long time, but I will recover," said Coleman.

On Friday, Coleman will back in Ann Arbor to find out if she will be able to keep her injured eye.

As for the dogs, animal control officers came to pick them up Tuesday afternoon after the owner surrendered them. They will be euthanized and tested for rabies.

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