Magalia dog mauling victim speaks about attack

The first victim of a dog pack mauling in Magalia spoke to Action News Now about her attack.

Posted: Mar 25, 2019 11:20 PM
Updated: Mar 26, 2019 10:57 AM

MAGALIA, Calif. - The first victim of a dog pack mauling in Magalia spoke to Action News Now about her attack.

48-year-old Kathleen Kettering said she was watching over the dogs in a house on Rosewood Drive in Magalia when she was viciously attacked, but she said she doesn't blame the dog owner or the dogs. Kettering said she blames the dog pack mentality.

"I got into a sort of fetal position, protected my arms, my head. That was when they got my arm right here and right here," Kettering said.

Kettering described how nine dogs she was watching over viciously attacked her on March 14th. She said she was separating two dogs from fighting when they turned on her.

"I think I was in that position for about 20 seconds and for 5 seconds I was actually scared," Kettering said.

Kettering founded Fire Angels Network, a group of volunteers that helps fire victims. She agreed to help Peter Ricca, a Magalia man, by watching over his dogs that day while he was in court. Ricca was in court addressing previous complaints made about his dogs.

We asked Kettering if she ever thought she was going to die during the attack.

"For about maybe 5 seconds and then I had a moment of clarity that said if you stay here you're going to get chewed up. So I used steel heels I was wearing and kicked myself out of the situation," Kettering said.

Kettering said two other volunteers helped pull her out of the home and took her to get treated. She said the volunteers barricaded the gate to keep the dogs from leaving, but Sarah Davi, who lives across the street, was mauled by nine of the dogs soon after. Davi suffered serious injuries.

We asked Kettering how Davi was attacked if the gate was barricaded.

"I don't know. My best bet is they got out of the back somehow," Kettering said.

Kettering was hospitalized at Enloe Medical Center for 12 days after several surgeries, but she said she doesn't hold any ill will towards the dog owner.

"He's a good guy. He meant no harm. He's trying to do the best he can, like all the other survivors are trying to do the best they can. His dogs got out of control," Kettering said.

Action News Now reached out to animal control to find out what's next for the dogs, which have been put into quarantine, but there's no word yet on the decision that's been made.

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