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Raccoons attack woman walking her dog

Nov. 10, 2010 at 3:46 PM   |   Comments

ALAMEDA, Calif., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- A San Francisco Bay Area woman will be getting rabies treatment after being attacked by a pack of raccoons, she said.

Rachel Campos de Ivanov, 33, of Alameda, Calif., told the Oakland Tribune she was walking her Yorkshire terrier Dougie Sunday night when the dog began barking. She spotted "a pair of eyes" near a fence.

"I was trying to calm the dog down and saw the raccoon walking toward us. Then I saw four more run down from the trees and I started to run as fast as I could, dragging the dog," said Campos. "My dog was barking, trying to fight them off, and I was trying to protect my face while on the ground."

One raccoon grabbed her right leg and bit her.

"It wasn't a terrible bite -- not super painful, but it was a puncture on my leg," she said. "The raccoons were huge -- definitely bigger than my dog and I definitely felt outnumbered. ... I was terrified."

Campos hailed a police officer and was treated for her injuries.

Alameda County Vector Control officer David Gould said it was the seventh raccoon attack reported since June.

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