Florida girl attacked by raccoon: Evimary Pinero awaits rabies tests results

Passing minutes feel more like days for Evimary Pinero.

Tuesday morning, doctors will draw the 18-year-old's blood and test her for rabies.

Pinero says while walking her Chihuahua in the early morning hours of Feb. 4 she was attacked by three raccoons in the front yard of her parents Land O' Lakes home.

"I had no time to run or anything," Pinero said. "I got there and about two seconds later a raccoon was already latched onto my ankle."

The teen recalls trying to fend the critters off, but they just kept biting.

"My body weight was on the raccoon and I was using this hand to try to force it down," she said.

Pinero decided to run for cover inside her home but that did not work.

The raccoons chased her through the front door, into the kitchen and finally jumped onto the family's leather couch in the living room.

"I remember grabbing a blanket that was on the couch trying to protect me from it," the teen recalled.

All the commotion awoke Pinero's stepfather.

"I was thinking somebody broke into our home just by her screams," Daniel Allendes said.

Alarmed and in shock, Allendes said he jumped onto the kitchen table to escape being attacked. Eventually, something scared the raccoons and they ran back out the front door.

Pinero's parents rushed her to the hospital where doctors gave her the first round of rabies shots and a tetanus shot.

In the proceeding weeks, Pinero received three more rabies shots. Some of the injections had to go right into the wounds.

However, until her blood is drawn and tested, the teen will not know for sure that she avoided the potentially deadly virus.

"I am scared," Allendes said.

WPTV's Scripps sister station, ABC Action News, confirmed that per protocol, hospital staff alerted officials at the Florida Department of Health and Pasco County Animal Services about the attack.

However, after that nothing more was done.

"They told me to take care of it myself," Allendes said.

Allendes said he contacted animal control officers and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to trap the nuisance raccoons. However, he was told animal control officers will only come out if the nuisance animal is domesticated like a cat or dog.

FWC referred Allendes to a private trapper and said he would have to pay out of pocket for the service.

Allendes grew increasingly frustrated after ABC Action News aired a report regarding animal control officers trapping a raccoon that attacked a cat in nearby Trinity.

That raccoon later tested positive for rabies.

"It gives us a better peace of mind had they come out," Allendes explained.

Allendes said he wants the county to take a more proactive approach when it comes to wild animals attacking humans.

He added that his family is living in fear of what lurks outside.

"It's scary being here knowing there are animals out here," Pinero said.

Since the attack, Pinero says she has suffered from muscle spasms and nausea.

She has also seen a neurologist and her primary care physician intends to treat her for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Health department officials said they did not issue an alert in Pinero's case because there was no animal recovered to test for rabies.

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