A youth sports coach and a school custodian are recovering after 2 PIT BULLS attacked them at a Westside little league field on Oct. 24. It happened right before dozens of children showed up to play T-ball and soccer at the Bishop Synder High School grounds. Witnesses said the dogs were still out there being held at bay even after families started showing up.
During that time, Keith Sullivan,one of the men who was attacked, said both pit bulls were running free with broken restraints around their necks when they set their sights on him and even a Jacksonville Sheriff's Officer.
The dogs were looking for food in the garbage on the other side of the fence.
"It was a violent attack on the fence, they grabbed it with their teeth and kept going back and forth," Sullivan said. He said he saw it all as he cleaned up the bleachers for youth sports later on that morning on Oct. 24. That's when he said the dogs turned their aggression towards a coach.
He was swinging at them trying to get them off, he did get bit but not severely. Then one of them got me by the arm and the other one got me by the boots."
Both Sullivan and the coach are OK. Sullivan said he called JSO, and an officer arrived a half-hour later, around the same time families with small kids showed up for their T-ball games. The officer used pepper spray to keep the dogs at bay. One of the dogs actually went around the car to sneak up on him. "It was something out of Jurassic Park," Sullivan said.
Action News Jax found a picture on Facebook of the pit bulls during this ordeal. Sullivan said animal control eventually got the dogs under control, but it wasn't a quick response. "The time it took for them to get here and get everything, I think that was unreasonable," Sullivan said. The dogs were eventually removed and placed in quarantine in animal control. The police report said the animals did not have ID tags.
WE HAVE QUESTIONS OUT RIGHT NOW TO SEE WHY IT TOOK MORE THAN AN HOUR FOR ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL TO RESPOND AND TO SEE WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE PIT BULLS.