EUGENE, Ore - Mary Ellen York has seen raccoons on her apartment deck and around her home before.
About eight days ago, York and her dog, Tosha went outside as they always do before bed, when they got an unexpected visitor.
It was about 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 1 when York and her dog were attacked by a raccoon.
"I just started screaming. And she did too. Help me, help me," said York. "The raccoon attacked her right away and it was on the gravel. Right away I grabbed her leash and got her away and right when I did that the raccoon came at me."
York says she fell to the ground when the raccoon bit her in the back of the knee. It then got on top of the dog.
"I grabbed the back of his hind leg. I remember twisting them. I grabbed her and was holding on to her for dear life and he kept attacking me. Three times he went to my face," said York.
She's disabled and struggled to get up. York finally got away with Tosha and called 911.
York received stitches above her eye, on her forehead and on her hand.
"Just wanted to save my dog," York said with tears in her eyes.
"You don't want to intervene and save your pet because it's a 100 percent chance you will get bit and get bit bad," said Lane County Animal Services Officer, Bernard Perkins.
Perkins warns people that raccoons can be very dangerous when they feel threatened or cornered.
"If you see a raccoon you want to turn and walk the other way," added Perkins.
There are some things you can do to keep raccoons away from your home. Perkins suggests not leaving pet food outside at night. Make sure trash cans are tightly sealed and cover up openings under porches and crawl spaces.
IF YOU ARE BIT: Lane County Public Health suggests anyone bit by a wild animal contact them