PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY MD - PIT BULLS ARE ILLEGAL HERE!!! BUT 3 FRANKENMAULERS ATTACKED CAROLYN COLBERT, 68, WHO HAD DECIDED TO TAKE A WALK AFTER GETTING HOME FROM BATTLING CANCER IN THE HOSPITAL AND UNDERGOING A MASTECTOMY!!!
Days after surviving her third battle with breast cancer, 68-year-old Carolyn Colbert decided to soak in the good news by taking a walk near her home in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
"I said 'Wow! I did it!' and I was so happy," Colbert said.
Colbert said she was swinging her arms while walking down the street when THREE PIT BULLS suddenly charged at her.
"They just came out of nowhere," she said.
COLBERT HAD RECENTLY UNDERGONE A MASTECTOMY AND SAID HER FIRST INSTINCT WAS TO FALL DOWN AND PROTECT HER CHEST WHERE SHE STILL HAD STITCHES.
One at a time, the dogs pounced on her.
Eventually, the owner of the pit bulls came out to try to stop the attack.
"He would grab two, but it left one and it was like they just tore into my left leg," Colbert said.
THE DOGS BIT COLBERT MORE THAN 70 TIMES.
As the attack progressed, Colbert said she prayed to God she would survive.
"I thought I was going to die," she said.
Prince George's County firefighters and paramedics who responded to the scene said it was the worst dog attack they had ever seen.
"I can only imagine while the dogs are attacking her, what she must have felt at that time," said firefighter and paramedic Jason Cruz. "The wounds that she had -- I can imagine it felt as though she was in great peril."
"These particular dogs could have killed my mother," said Colbert's daughter, Burnetta Simmons.
As Simmons was driving that day to see her mother, she passed a woman lying on the sidewalk covered in blood.
"I initially thought it was just a woman in distress. Then, I noticed my mom’s tennis shoes on the ground and I thought, 'Oh my God! That’s my mom!"
After weeks in the hospital, Colbert was released on Wednesday. She said she still has a long road ahead and her family has to help her do just about everything.
Pit bulls are illegal in Prince George's County.
The three dogs were euthanized the day of the attack and the owner is facing a $1,000 fine and six months in jail for each dog.
Simmons said that still isn't enough.
"Are you telling me that that’s the same law that would be applicable if my mom had died?," Simmons said.
"I just want to say for anybody that anytime you own anything that can bring hurt, harm or danger to someone, you just ought to think about it," Colbert said.