Second Tulsa Woman Attacked By Pit Bull Recounts Mauling
TULSA, Oklahoma - A woman critically injured in a pit bull attack says she remembers everything about the mauling.
Beverly Wright has been in the hospital for a week. She's one of two victims attacked that day, and she invited us to her hospital room to share her story.
She said she's in pain, but feels a lot of love, right now, from the worldwide brotherhood of Jehovah's Witnesses concerned about her.
"It's global, and you don't know that until something happens and you feel that love and you get that love," Wright said.
She recounted the dog attack that hospitalized her.
"It's not 'Beware of the dog,' it's 'Beware of the beast that is going to kill you,'" Wright said.
Wright was passing out flyers with her friend, 78-year-old Irene Parker, in north Tulsa. Parker knocked at one house and a pit bull barreled past its owner to attack her.
"I just heard screaming, so I ran down there," Wright said.
She said she got the dog in a headlock and pulled him off, but it lunged back at Parker. Wright said she then punched and kicked the dog, and grabbed a baseball bat the owner was holding and slugged the dog. The pit bull turned its rage from Parker to her.
"When he started dragging me and his head was shaking," Wright said, "I saw him ripping my leg and it was awful."
She didn't know it, but Mike Harrell, who works nearby, heard her screams and he came with his gun.
"I just started screaming 'Jehovah, Jehovah. Save me!' and pow," Wright said.
Doctors stopped counting Wright's stitches at 300. The bites span from her scalp, down to the ear, and on both arms and her legs, where the dog bit through the bone.
Wright said she's not fazed by this attack and can't wait to return going door-to-door.
Her right leg is in bad shape. Her wounds have to heal before she can start rehabbing it, but she knows there's nerve damage and a long road to recovery.
A special contribution fund has been set up in her name. You can contribute to the Beverly Wright Special Contribution account at any Bank of Oklahoma branch.