PINE BLUFF AR - A 78-YEAR-OLD MAN LOST A LEG AFTER 3 PIT BULLS ATTACKED HIM IN THE FRONT YARD
UPDATE: PINE BLUFF (KATV) — A man's left leg was amputated after he was attacked by THREE PIT BULLS on Tuesday afternoon, John Taylor, 78, was in his backyard when the pits mauled him according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
It was around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday when the victim's son, Kevin Taylor, found his dad lying on the ground while three pits were pulling at him. Taylor had called his son while he was being attacked on Conifer Trail a police report reveals. While Taylor’s son attempted to charge at the dogs, hoping they would run away, instead, he had to pull out his gun and shoot; killing two dogs while a third is still on the loose.
"He tried to shoo them away by stomping at him, that was not effective, they in fact, charged at him at that point he retrieved his weapon and was actually able to put down, kill, two of the three pit bulls,” said Major Lafayette Woods Jr., Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
Woods tells Channel 7 Taylor's left leg had to be amputated, he also suffered numerous lacerations. One sergeant described in the incident report, that Taylor was bleeding from every limb on his body and the face area.
"Typically we know that in these cases, the dogs stray off from the property or their owners and they typically stray back or come back to the property, that has not happened that we know of,” added Woods.
KATV attempted to speak with the dogs’ owner, Christina Henry, 39, who initially denied the dogs were his, but it appeared no one was home.
"This could have been fatal, could have been fatal, had it not been for the response of the victim's son which I commend and being able to respond to his father's call for help, and it's a short distance between where his father lives and where he lives,” said Woods.
Henry was cited for vicious animal ordinance. Woods said when they find the third dog, it will be quarantined for 10 days while they check for rabies and observe the dog’s behavior.
Henry will have to go to court for his citation, that is also where he’ll have to attempt to get the dog back if he chooses to do so. Woods said getting the dog back would come with stipulations that are defined in the Vicious Animal Ordinance.