Couple says they were attacked by raccoons outside their home

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – A California couple says they will never look at raccoons the same way again.

Patty Upsavs says she was taking her dog for a walk when a raccoon pounced.

“So I started swinging the dog around, trying to get it off,” Upsavs said. “Then I got another one on my other leg. And so at this point, I’m in the middle of the street, and I look up to see, ‘Where is my husband? How come he’s not helping?’ And I look and he’s throwing, raccoons are just jumping on him.”

Upsavs told KGO that the attack didn’t stop until their neighbor came to their rescue.

Brian Wong says he used a golf club to bang on the garbage cans, which scared off the raccoons.

Upsavs suffered several bit wounds and scratches. Now, they have to undergo a series of anti-rabies treatments.

Wildlife experts say raccoon attacks are extremely rare and usually only occur if someone has been hand feeding them.

See a mistake? Report a typo here.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.