Milwaukee woman needed more than 700 stitches after ‘vicious’ pit bull attack

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A Milwaukee woman attacked by two pit bulls is speaking out for the first time tonight.

The attack happened on the morning of Wednesday, April 7 near 28th and Melvina.

The victim, Sherice Charleston says she’s grateful to be alive and hoping for a full recovery.

“I’ve had a total of six surgeries since Wednesday.” said Charleston.

The incident left the 36-year-old with 727 stitches all over her body, several drainage insertions and a broken toe that has left her recovering in a hospital bed at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin.

"My mental...that’s going to take a lot for that to heal” said Charleston.

Around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, Charleston says she stopped near 28th and Melvina to drop off some items to a friend.

She pulled into an alley and saw two pit bulls attacking a 75-year-old man and 26-year-old man.

Charleston says the 26-year-old was the dogs' owner and the same person she was coming to meet.

“The dog is at the older man’s foot and just going and the owner is fighting with the white dog.”

Charleston remembers the owner asked her to come help.

"He was like clap at the smaller dog, whisper at her, kiss at her and get her off of him.”

Charleston was able to get on top of one dog and she turned around and everyone else was gone.

“I was left out there and the older man was gone already because he had got free from when I called the dog in the first place," Charleston said. “I’m like help, somebody help me and these dogs are at me.”

Milwaukee police say a person fired shots at the dogs in an attempt to free the victims.

“I believe he hit the dog in the hind leg at that point and that’s when both dogs left off of me” said Charleston.

A day Sherice Charleston says will haunt her for the rest of her life.

“I’m suffering from PTSD and nightmares,” Charleston said. 

Milwaukee police say the dogs were taken by the Milwaukee area domestic animal control.

The owner was cited for dangerous animal regulations resulting in bodily harm.

Meantime, a GoFundMe page has been created for the victim. CLICK HERE to donate. 

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