ST. PAULS, ROBESON COUNTY NC - A NEIGHBOR'S 3 PIT BULLS CAME ONTO AN ELDERLY MAN'S PROPERTY AND ATTACKED HIM - ALSO INJURING HIS WIFE AND A 28-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CAME TO THEIR AID
A 73-year-old man is among three people recovering after they were attacked by three dogs in St. Pauls on Saturday. The attack occurred at a home on East McRainey Road, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.
The 3 PIT BULLS went onto the property of a neighboring home and attacked James Davis, according to the report. During an attempt to fight off the dogs, the man’s wife, Melinda, and another man who was trying to help were also bitten. They were transported to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for treatment to bite wounds on their arms and legs and to undergo rabies treatment.
Allan Williams had been doing landscaping work nearby when he saw the dogs attacking Davis. The 28-year-old St. Pauls firefighter, who said he had been advised by his attorney not to talk about the particulars of the incident, described the attack as “vicious.”
“Was I scared?” he said. “Well after the first dog jumped on me, I got scared.”
Williams said the dogs injured his right arm and left foot and he had to have seven stitches. He said he will be out of work for about a week.
“I’m all right and I think the older gentleman is doing better,” Williams said. “I’m not sure if he is home, but I think he is OK.”
One of the three dogs was shot in the head and killed during the attack, said Bill Smith, director of the Robeson County Health Department. Two of the dogs, including the one that was shot and killed, had been vaccinated for rabies. The third animal had not been vaccinated because she was pregnant. Smith said she would be observed for 10 days to see if symptom of rabies appear. Smith said the investigation has not determined who shot the one dog.
“Nobody will own up to it,” he said.
If the dogs are declared vicious, Smith said, they can only be returned to their owner if a pen is built to certain specifications. The pen must be embedded in cement, have fencing over the top and have a sign denoting that there is a dangerous animal inside. Smith said a vicious animal could only come out of the pen with a lease and muzzle.
“This is rather pricey and most people relinquish control of the animal,” Smith said. “Typically these animals are not viewed as adoptable and are subsequently humanely euthanized.”
Smith said the owner of the dog is Christina Feltner.