Most pet owners could never imagine their very own pets turning on them, especially dog owners. Dogs are known to be loyal and protective of their owners. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. This Texas woman sadly had that experience when her adopted pit bull, who she’d had for two years, nearly tore off her arm and killed her.
I slept with my pit bull until he tried to eat me alive
41-year-old Tya Lucas and her 20-year-old daughter Tana found their pit bull Hercules abandoned at the side of the road covered in cigarette burns two years prior. They rescued him and took him in as their own. He was always loving and gentle – he even often slept in bed with Tya, including the night before the attack. (1)
Tya was at home, and her friend Peter had come over to meet her new puppy, Roo. She explained that the puppy went to jump up onto the couch, so she went over to the couch to pick the puppy up. Her friend Peter, at the same time, told the puppy to get down. All of the sudden, Hercules lunged at Peter, sinking his teeth into Peter’s neck. That’s when Tya stepped in to try and pull her dog away. She pulled Hercules off of him and pushed him into the bathroom, away from harm. That’s when Hercules, however, then turned on her.
“He must have smelled [Peter’s] blood all over me and started attacking me. I don’t remember a lot of it. I remember looking down and my flesh being torn off my arm,” she recalled. “I don’t remember the feeling of it, I remember screaming, ‘Hercules, it’s me.’ ”
Major Damage Done
The 100-pound pit bull, however, was in a craze. Hercules nearly tore off two-thirds of Tya’s right arm, ate her bicep, and bit her leg and foot. She screamed “help me, I’m dying” when her daughter and her daughter’s husband Harley arrived.
“[Tana] saw the dog was trying to kill me. She reached out her hand to me and I tried to grab it but I missed her by inches,” Tya said. “It grabbed onto my leg and dragged me further away. Her husband walked in and he beat the dog off of me. I don’t remember that part. I don’t know if I was passing out.”
Harley then dragged Tya outside while Tana called 911. Officer Jordan Potter was the first to arrive on the scene. Officer Potter jumped in to perform some emergency procedures which ended up saving Tya’s life.
“They put a tourniquet on my arm and the doctor said if he hadn’t been there to do that at that exact moment, then I wouldn’t have made it until the ambulance got there.” she explained.
She has since had hundreds of stitches and six different operations to cut away dead skin and repair her muscles. Animal control came to collect Hercules, who they had to put down because of the aggression. Her daughter has since set up a GoFundMe account to help cover all of her mother’s medical expenses. Tana says that she was never afraid of dogs, but now is terrified of them.