Police in Bow said they are investigating an attack by TWO PIT BULLS that left another dog with serious injuries. Fish and Game Deputy Dave Eskeland said he and his leashed dog, Lady, were walking on a popular trail in town when they were attacked by the other dogs.
"This was where the dog had her pinned down and was shaking her," Eskeland said.
Lady is recovering from multiple wounds that required more than 30 staples.
"All of a sudden, I was pulled over backwards," Eskeland said. "One jumped up, and afterward, I looked at the fleece vest I was wearing, and it was shredded."
The retired sergeant and now deputy with the Fish and Game Department said it was his closest call in more than 20 years of law enforcement.
"It came at my face and neck, and it was quartering in, and I sprayed it with pepper spray," he said.
Eskeland said he thought he was watching his dog die.
"I was punching as hard as I could," he said. "I'm a big guy, and I couldn't even get their attention."
The owner of the nearby home where the dogs live eventually arrived to help. Eskeland carried his dog home and then took her to the veterinarian.
He and his wife, Janis Eskeland, said they are animal lovers, and they have a message for other dog owners.
"We just couldn't live with ourselves if this happens to anyone else," Janis Eskeland said. "Our message is we want people to be responsible, because the dogs are not able to do that. It's up to the people."
Bow police said the owner of the dogs faces six local violations, two each for letting the dogs run loose, for attacking Dave Eskeland and for attacking Lady.
Officials said the owner must go before a judge to deal with the violations.