RICEVILLE (WATE) – A McMinn County woman credits her dogs for saving her life after they scared off a man that broke into her home.
The would-be burglar broke into the victim's Riceville home Sunday just before 8 a.m.
Police are still searching for the man responsible for this break in. They believe it could be the same suspect wanted in a similar attack in Etowah.
The victim, Michelle, has asked us to conceal her identity for her safety.
"I thought he was going to rape me, before the dogs got after him, that's all I thought of. Just the way he looked at me and come in my house and closed the door behind him like it was his own house and wiping his feet off on the rug. I was scared to death," Michelle said.
Her attacker paid no attention to the beware of dog sign but walked right into Michelle's home.
"I walked out of my bedroom and he was standing there. I walked toward him and he grabbed me by the throat and he flung me up against the wall," she explained.
That's where her canine rescuers took over.
"They were both attacking him."
Diesel, her black pit bull puppy, bit the attacker's arm, while her other pit bull Capone grabbed him by the leg, allowing her to grab a metal bar.
"I swung as hard as I could and hit him in the jaw and I heard his jaw break," she said.
She was able to get him out of the house and he took off running towards a waiting car.
"He hollered at him, "we got to go we got to go there's people here." He took off running and got in a Honda Civic waiting next door.
But now she's afraid the attacker and his accomplice will come back.
"I don't know if he's going to come back and hurt us or he's going to come back and hurt the dogs," she said, shaken with worry.
She hopes police will be able to find him soon.
"They're looking at every hospital to see if someone turns himself in."
For now, she's keeping her dogs close by, because it wasn't for Diesel and Capone, Michelle doesn't know what might have happened.
"Thank God the dogs were there because if they hadn't been there he could have done whatever he wanted to do with me.."
The car is described as a black two door Honda Civic with gray pin striping.
If you have any information you are asked to contact the McMinn County Sheriff's Department at (423) 745-5620.