UPDATE: THE VICTIM HAS RECANTED HER STORY. SHE WAS ATTACKED ON PRIVATE PROPERTY BY DOGS THAT HAVE ATTACKED BEFORE....
(WAFF) - A Tennessee Valley woman says a pack of dogs attacked her, and she want to warn others about it. The victim, Hope Campbell, spoke with us at Decatur Morgan General Hospital. She said she didn't see or hear a thing until the first dog brought her down from behind.
"I just remember getting hit from behind," Campbell said, "and looking back to what I remember, its paws were on my shoulders. It started to bite me, but I hit the ground."
Campbell said the attack happened Monday morning on Lawrence County Road 358 in Trinity, about a quarter mile from County Road 460. She was outside of her godmother's house, trying to get cell service.
She said after the first dog took her to the ground, several dogs joined in. Ultimately, the attack lasted nearly 20 minutes.
"At one point, they had dragged me about 15 feet up to the tree line to try to get me out into the woods, and wouldn't stop," Campbell said.
She said there were as many as five dogs, dark in color, black, silver, and maybe brown. Campbell said they looked wolf-like, like huskies. She suffered puncture wounds on her feet and hips, and injuries to her legs,
Flesh could be seen ripped away, with a wound that ran to the bone. Campbell also suffered nerve damage and has lacerations on her back and shoulders.
"I didn't even hear them. A lot of people say they'd wish they had a gun. Wouldn't have been any time; wouldn't have mattered," she said. "They were very, very methodical. This wasn't your normal attack. They almost tore my leg and my foot off. They would have killed me."
Campbell said her godmother saved her life during this attack by running outside, jumping on top of her, blocking the dogs from their prey.
"We were both screaming and praying and begging. I said, 'Mom, just call 911.' And she was like, 'I can't get off of you. They're going to kill you,'" Campbell said. "She was running the other dogs off. He turned his head towards me and bit into my hip and into my side. And all I could do is let him. He was still biting me, but it was allowing her to get the other four away."
Campbell said she will need surgery to try and repair the nerve damage. Her godmother was also bitten, but her injuries were less severe.
Anyone with information about the dogs is encouraged to call the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office at (256) 974-9291.