published Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Raccoons chase, attack Washington state woman

Michaela Lee, comforts her dog, Madison, while recovering on her sofa from being attacked by five raccoons yesterday down the street from her home in Lakewood, Wash., on Tuesday, July 10, 2012. Madison distracted some of the raccoons preventing her owner from getting more seriously wounded in the attack. Lee received 16 punctured wounds and with about 100 laceration wounds from the raccoon attack. Two of the punctured wounds each received 5 staples. (AP Photo/The News Tribune, Lui Kit Wong)
Michaela Lee, comforts her dog, Madison, while recovering on her sofa from being attacked by five raccoons yesterday down the street from her home in Lakewood, Wash., on Tuesday, July 10, 2012. Madison distracted some of the raccoons preventing her owner from getting more seriously wounded in the attack. Lee received 16 punctured wounds and with about 100 laceration wounds from the raccoon attack. Two of the punctured wounds each received 5 staples. (AP Photo/The News Tribune, Lui Kit Wong)
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LAKEWOOD, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state woman says she was attacked and bitten by raccoons after her dog chased several of the animals up a tree.

Michaela Lee had just finished jogging in Lakewood's Fort Steilacoom Park on Monday when her dog got loose. When she went to grab the dog's leash, several other raccoons started to scratch her legs, chased her for about 75 feet, knocked her down and bit her.

Neighbor Michael Parks tells The News Tribune he heard Lee screaming and saw her on the ground. He called 911. Two other neighbors also went to help. Lee says her American dingo dog began barking and helped drive the raccoons off.

The 28-year-old Lee was treated for about 16 puncture wounds and had numerous scratches.

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