A woman suffered two bites and several scratches after a rabid bobcat attacked her in this northeast Georgia county.
DeDe Phillips was walking to her truck on June 7 when she heard a neighbor's dog barking and spotted a bobcat by one of her vehicles.
'They go for your jugular. when they can get the vein you're dead in a couple of minutes, ' she said, noting she was careful not to yell until the cat was subdued, because she didn't want her 5-year-old granddaughter to come outside. "I grabbed it by the shoulders and pushed it back away from me...and I took it down".
Phillips says she grew up in the country, where her father-in-law was once a trapper of bobcats.
She says her son stabbed the bobcat as deputies arrived. She added that the moment she saw the creature, the first thing that popped into her mind was "not today!"
Until she was sure the creature could not move anymore, Philips kept herself from screaming, lest her granddaughter, who was sleeping inside the house, woke up.
The attack left Phillips with puncture wounds on her hands and some broken fingers, along with cuts and bruises on her body. The first round of rabies shots have already cost her $10,000.
The police report said blood was running down Phillips's face, arms and legs. In this photo, a rescued bobcat waits to be fed at The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado, Oct. 20, 2011. And that is how it was found that the bobcat actually had died.
'It never budged, so I knew it was completely dead, ' she said. "If she would have came out it would have killed her".
The Athens-Banner Herald said Phillips' cousin Amy Leann Mize has set up a crowdfunding page to raise money to help her cover her rabies shots.