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SETX woman mauled by pitbulls speaks from hospital bed

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46-year-old Wanda Loftin was walking outside her home Wednesday on CR 143 in Jasper County when she says a group of pit bulls jumped her.

After escaping and calling 911, Loftin was transferred to the Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth trauma unit for surgery. She sustained injuries to her arms and legs.

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"I never saw those dogs coming," says Loftin.

Recovering from her hospital bed, where she'll be for at least two weeks, Loftin says she is lucky to be alive.

"They took me down to the ground and they'd attack for about 5-10 minutes at a time," she says.

Loftin cried for help but no one came to her rescue.

"I was thinking could I get to the tree and climb it. No, I couldn't. I was too worn out," she says.

After being dragged, she jumped into this sticker patch in hopes the dogs would leave.

"They could hear every move I made. Every time I'd breathe harder, every time I made a move, they would charge again," says Loftin.

The dogs went to her backyard so she ran for safety inside her home and called 911.

"Deputies arrived on scene in a matter of 10 minutes. She already made it back in her house and she was covered in blood and flesh was ripped off her arms," says Captain Bob Walker with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office.

Loftin, describing her wounds, says "they were probably that big around and just look like hamburger meat. They just took chunks out of me."

Jasper County doesn't have a leash law. Loftin is hoping this mauling is a wake up call to dog owners.

"Please put your dogs up for everyone's safety. Don't let them kill a kid," she says.

In this situation, she doesn't blame the dogs. She blames the owners.

"You don't fight your animals. Anytime you let dogs run in a pack like that, their natural instinct comes out," she says.

Loftin and the Sheriff's Office both say that if this was a child that was attacked, they wouldn't have survived.

The Sheriff's Office questioned neighbors but no one claimed ownership of the dogs.

Two of the dogs were euthanized Thursday morning. Officials say their remains have been sent to Houston to be tested for rabies.

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