VIDEO OF THE PIT ATTACKING: http://wwmt.com/news/local/kalamazoo-man-speaks-out-following-dog-attack
A Kalamazoo Public Safety officer shot and killed a large PIT BULL dog late Wednesday morning to free a 60-year-old man from its jaws.
Officers reported that they found the dog attacking the Kalamazoo man when they responded to an 11:13 a.m. call about a dog attack in the 700 block of Egleston Avenue.
"The dog came out of nowhere and jumped up and got hold of him," said Donald Webster, assistant chief of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety.
He said the victim was riding a bicycle down the street and may have been headed to work when the incident started.
"The gentleman was just riding along the street and the dog started attacking him and just wouldn't stop attacking him," Webster said.
He said officers reported that more than one person tried to help the man including one who sprayed the dog with mace. But the dog still would not release the man's arm. Officers reported that the attack lasted for several minutes.
In a press release, responding officers reported, "The first officer arrived within minutes, and located a 60-year-old Kalamazoo resident trying to fend off a large dog that was biting his arm. The citizen and dog were covered in blood. To stop the vicious attack, the officer was forced to shoot the dog which ultimately died. Officers and paramedics provided first aid to the citizen, and he was transported to the hospital to be treated for several severe injuries."
Although Webster said he did not know how many gunshots were fired, he said "the officer had to step around the guy to get a shot off."
He said the victim had been whisked to the hospital with extensive wounds to his arm by the time Kalamazoo County Animal Control arrived at the scene and pronounced the dog dead.
Officers canvassed the area but have been unable to locate the dog's owner. The animal did not have tags and was apparently unlicensed, Webster said.
Officers ask anyone with more information about the incident to contact them directly at 269-337-8994 or anonymously via the Silent Observer at 269-343-2100.