Sunday, January 28, 2018


Amanda Alkhatib was attacked by a pit bull in Vallejo a little more than a week ago, and now, three surgeries later, the small things, like taking a shower without getting her arms wet, are giving her a reason to smile.
And she’s taking this painful, horrific experience to plead with all dog owners, not just pit bull owners, to train their “temperamental pets.” She posted her open wounds on Facebook, showing her bloodied wrists, forearms and hands in the hopes of shining a light on what a dog’s bite can actually do. She is scheduled for a fourth surgery on Feb. 7. She also needs rabies shots.
Nearly 10 days after the mauling, her arms still look as though a shark had taken a bite out of them.
“It feels like you're a kid playing in the snow without your gloves on, numb like that, all the time,” she told KTVU on Tuesday. “I'm going to have these ugly scars for all of my life.”
The 45-year-old mother had finished shopping with her daughter on Jan. 19 and was heading back to her car near the old Walmart on Broadway Street when a pit bull came out of nowhere. 
“There was this pit bull lunging at me,” she said. “I barely had time to put my arms up. 
He was huge, at least 100 pounds. I just remember looking in his eyes. He wouldn't let go. I was just trying to poke him in his eye.”
Just then a man came up and kicked the dog off. She tried to hop in her car to drive away, but the dog lunged again, this time, going for her left side. The man, whom she now thinks might have been the dog’s owner, got the animal off her and she hasn’t seen him since.
She drove herself to Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center, a few blocks away. 
“I didn't cry. I didn't scream,” she said, “until they did the X-rays.”
Alkhatib, who is out of a job and whose husband is an Uber driver, said a police sergeant told her that she was attacked near an area where many homeless people live. He said that he believes they have the pit bull to protect them on the streets, she recounted. The sergeant told her that he had told people at the encampment to tie up a pit bull a little while ago, but he wasn't sure that the dog that attacked her was the same animal, she said.
Vallejo police did not return a phone call or email seeking comment on Tuesday. A receptionist at Vallejo’s Animal Control said she was aware of the attack and the dog, but she referred all questions to her supervisor, who also did not call back.
Alkhatib also knows that blaming a certain breed of dog can open up a Pandora’s Box, and there are many lists and studies that point fingers at various biters and the breeds most behind human attacks and deaths. But she has always been an animal lover and she actually has always liked pit bulls; several of her friends own them. 
“It seems like whenever someone gets hurt by a pit bull, it's the breed that is blamed,” she said, adding that she doesn’t want to turn into a pit bull hater. Still, she said, she wants dog owners to take responsibility for their pets.
And while she's preparing for her fourth surgery and figuring out how to pay for her care, as she and her husband are not insured, she is trying to stay positive.
"I'm learning to celebrate the little things every day," she said, adding that Monday was the first day she could take a shower without getting her bandages wet. "The road ahead isn't so daunting." 
If you're interested in helping, Alkhatib's family has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for medical expenses.


Amanda Alkhatib added 4 new photos.
Thank you everyone for your prayers and well wishes. It sure lifted my spirits to see each of your messages today. Looks like I’ll be here another couple of weeks to prepare a large open wound for skin graphs. ☹️ This photo is very gross so please excuse me for sharing it. I want people to see the damage done by this dog, and I was a lucky one... my major tendons, muscle and nerves are still intact.
I hope I can reach at least one person to make the choice to raise this breed with love and responsible training so this does not happen to someone else.
Tomorrow a new procedure... rabies treatment s
Image may contain: one or more people

Amanda Alkhatib added 4 new photos.
Please say a prayer for me tonight as I prepare for my 3rd surgery since Friday when I was mauled by a stray pitbull here in Vallejo. It’s been an extremely hard and painful few days and tomorrows procedure will tell whether additional surgery and skin graphs will be needed. As for pet owners with temperamental dogs please be responsible for your pets this could have been a child!!!
Here are just a couple photos many are too bad to post. Keep me in your prayers

Image may contain: one or more people

Image may contain: one or more people
Image may contain: one or more people


Anonymous said...

This victim sounds like a nutter.

"I hope I can reach at least one person to make the choice to raise this breed with love and responsible training so this does not happen to someone else."

I can never quite comprehend why pit bulls get a free pass for doing what they were genetically bred for.

The excuses for pit bull attacks are many but the end result is the same. The only way to prevent a pit bull attack, is not to interact with a pit bull. It has nothing to do with how pit bulls were raised, whether or not pit bulls are neglected, whether or not pit bulls are spayed or neutered, whether or not there is more than one pit bull in a household, whether or not the pit bull was properly socialized, whether or not the pit bull was on or off of its property, whether or not the pit bull has a good owner, pit bulls attack without warning or provocation, and you will not be able to tell whether or not an attack will occur.

The real way to reach people is to speak the truth about pit bulls. All pit bulls have the capacity to do the type of damage this victim suffered. Stay away from the breed, or you too can look forward to skin grafts and rabies shots.

How does this victim know how the pit bull was raised? Unless the victim knows the owner, which sounds impossible since the pit bull was a stray, she cannot definitively say that the pit bull was raised wrong. All nutters fall back on that excuse though, that the pit bull had a bad owner, wasn't raised right, and it is the owner's fault, so punish the owner.

Anyone that knows dogs, understands breeds, and how each breed has distinguishing looks and characteristics. All of that is lost on nutters.

Anonymous said...

Never adopt a pitbull from a shelter, as one can never know how it was raised. Never adopt a stray pitbull, as one can never know how it was raised. Never get a pitbull off Craigslist for the same reason. So I guess that takes care of most sources of pitbulls. Try adopting a different breed. Then how it was raised might not seem so critically important.