Brundidge, Al. (WSFA) -- It started out as just an ordinary outing to the backyard dog pen for Katye Murphy, a trip to feed her 85 pound Rotweiller, 'Rock.'
Within the blink of an eye, something went terribly wrong.
Katye Murphy, 4 feet tall and just 70 pounds had no chance.
"I screamed and daddy looked out that window," Murphy said.
No chance until help arrived just in the nick of time. Katye Murphy's sister witnessed the attack.
"I screamed and ran in front of the house and got mommy and daddy," said Sierra Murphy.
"Sierra helped and daddy saved her life," said mother Kim Murphy.
Several wounds and 200 stitches later, Katye Murphy is still trying to make sense of it all. Murphy suffered wounds to one hand, an ear and shoulder. The family decided to go ahead and put the dog down. Tests showed 'Rock' had no rabies and no other diseases. Meantime, Katye went to the hospital today to have her stitches taken out.
'They say dogs can have bad days like people and I guess he just had a bad day," said Kim Murphy.
The Murphys say they've never seen anything like it. They've been around animals all their lives. They adopted 'Rock' a month and a half ago, no signs of aggression until this week.
"We played with it and fed it," said Katye Murphy.
A lesson to remember for a 10-year old.
"Always have a group to feed the dogs with you," said Murphy.
When Katye Murphy gets home she plans to place a cross near the pen to remember 'Rock,' a family pet that for some unexplained reason, bit the hand that fed him.