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Katie Fadely honors those who rescued her in Pottstown dog attack

Published On: Apr 22 2013 07:32:54 AM EDT

Woman honors those who helped her after dog attack


A Pottstown woman mauled by a pack of dogs is telling her story for the first time.

Katie Fadely and two good Samaritans who came to her rescue were all critically injured in the attack last month. Fadely's church honored her rescuers Sunday night.

"We want to be able to honor those who came to the rescue of Katie," said Pastor Scott Wendal of Valley Forge Baptist Temple in Collegeville, Montgomery Co.


It was a chaotic scene on March 15, when a pack of mixed-breed dogs attacked Fadely and the two people who tried to save her.

"Once the dogs were attacking me, I just kind of relaxed because it was already happening, like there was nothing I could really do," said Fadely.

The dogs belonged to a friend of Fadely's. As she knocked on their door to visit, Fadely's father said the dogs attacked.

"Kate tried to keep the screen door closed to keep the dogs inside, but to no avail," said father Gary Major. "All three dogs got out and began attacking Katie right in front of them."

Fadely added: "My boyfriend Ryan was yelling at them, trying to get their attention, like hitting them with a metal baseball bat."

Two people nearby jumped in to help, and suffered critical injuries themselves.

"While [one Samaritan] was on the phone with 911, the dispatcher was telling her to stay in the car -- she needs to stay in the car and wait for the police to arrive," said Major. "Her comment to 911 was, she can't. She has to go help that little girl."

Finally, a third Samaritan, Nicole Jordan, used her car to scare the dogs off. A nurse by trade, she treated the injured.

"I saw he was in need, and I just did what felt natural," said Jordan.

Wendal said there's a Biblical parallel.

"I think that really captures the heart of Jesus Christ who came to this world to rescue us," he said.

This is one rescue Katie Fadely will never forget.