A Fayetteville man said he is happy to be alive after a dog attacked him, breaking one of his hands and costing him the tips of two fingers of the other hand.
Clifford Locklear said he was standing outside on Clinton Road on Wednesday afternoon when he said the PIT BULL MIX appeared out of nowhere.
"I was standing beside the highway, and I turned around and there was the dog. As soon as I turned around, it jumped on me," he said.
Locklear said the dog was all over him and had him on the ground when, thankfully, a woman stopped her car and helped him.
"If it hadn't been for her, I feel the dog would have killed me," Locklear said.
Eventually, Melissa Norris, the dog's owner was able to wrestle the pair apart.
Norris said a visitor failed to lock the gate behind them, and that's how the dog, Rockett, got out.
She says she rushed to get Rockett off of Locklear."I just tackled my dog to get him off of him, and I picked one of the end of his fingers up and put it in an envelope," Norris said.
Locklear said that he has had trouble with this dog before.
"The dog has attacked a couple of people already," he said. "That dog was going to kill me. I had trouble last year [with] the same dog."
The dog was taken by Cumberland County Animal Control after the attack and was put down on Thursday. The body will be tested for rabies.
The investigation continues to determine if criminal charges will be filed in the case.