The woman, 31, was walking her apricot poodle when six strays approached her and pounced.
"They scratched and bit my daughter and really went for her," said the woman's mother, Josette Galliot.
“They jumped on her and managed to knock her over. The wild cats bit her on the leg and on her arms. They even pierced an artery," she said.
The woman was taken to hospital where she received preventative rabies shots. Her dog was transported to an area veterinarian.
“The vet told us that, in his 20 years in the job, he had never seen such a thing. He couldn’t find a single explanation for the cats’ abnormal behaviour,” Galliot said.
“We must get rid of this scourge,” continued Galliot. “There are too many cats in the neighbourhood, many of which are strays. There are also lots of children here. We don’t want it to happen again.”
Cats are typically solitary creatures, and do not prey on humans.