ODESSA- 54-year-old Anna Marie Salcido says she was never afraid of dogs and used to like them. That is, until she was attacked by a pack of pit bulls on Monday. She hopes her story will create change and says she's blessed to be alive to tell it.
"When I saw them coming, I don't know what I felt. I felt such terror, because I saw them running towards me," Salcido said.
The pain of the attack is still vivid for her.
"I felt so dizzy. They tackled me to the ground and four of them were on top of me. I couldn't stand up, I couldn't do anything. All I did was scream," Salcido said.
Salcido cleans houses for a living. She says those dogs usually bark at her as she walks to work. However, they weren't there that morning. But they were that afternoon and that is when they attacked.
"I blacked out and I saw the dogs on top of me. They tugged at me in every direction. I turned and looked at the trailer and saw another one coming my way, running really fast," Salcido said.
Drivers who were passing by stopped and helped. She says they called 911. Her right arm was bitten to the bone and it was fractured. A brace hides many of the stitches she has on her left leg. She says the dogs sank their teeth in and didn't let go. She had to have surgery for both a scar on her hand and several bite marks on her body. Salcido says the city needs to take action before another incident like the one she went through actually kills someone.
"What do they need? Do need people to get killed to grab their attention? They need to pay attention when things like these get reported because I know those dogs have been causing problems before in this neighborhood," Salcido said.
Salcido says if any more seconds had passed while she was being attacked, she would have been bitten to death.
"I'd like to thank the people who stopped and helped me," Salcido said.
She says her body will heal but she doesn't know when the traumatic memories will fade away.