A man was mauled by three dogs in a public park after he tried to stop them from attacking a 14-year-old boy.
Chad Bird said at 6 feet, 3 inches and 240 pounds, he's a big guy. But even he was no match for THREE ADULT PIT BULLS. That's why, he said, there was no way he was going to let them tear into a teenage boy.
Tuesday morning, Bird was driving by Eastlake Park in Marysville when something caught his attention. "I was seeing the three pit bulls chewing on the kid's arms and mainly his chest," Bird said. "He was screaming bloody murder... all three of them were pulling him in a different direction. It was vicious. I thought chunks of him were going to be missing the way they were chewing on him."
Bird said he put his vehicle in park and ran toward them. He then started yelling and kicking at the dogs, long enough for the 14-year-old boy to get away. The dogs then turned on him. "I was trying to get them off of my face. I raised a hand like this to stop them from chewing on my face, and they grabbed this arm and bit down and one of them was pulling on it, and then the other one came up and got this arm and was pulling on it and then I didn't have no hands to stop the third one," Bird said.
Meanwhile, Max Jacobo, who lives across the street from the park heard the commotion outside. "When I heard Chad scream for help, and it was a blood curdling scream, that's when I told my kids hold on," Jacobo said. He told his two young daughters to stay put and then walked outside. He said he grabbed his square-tipped shovel and headed over to help.
Meanwhile, Bird thought he'd be safe if he could only make it to his car. But the dogs jumped on him and knocked him down again, then attacked. "I was physically drained. There was no more fighting," Bird said. "I was going to sit there on the ground and let them chew on me until somebody did something."
That's the moment Jacobo walked up. With his shovel in hand, Jacobo was able to free Bird and save him.
The Marysville Police Department confirmed that all three pit bulls were taken into custody by an animal control officer. The department said what will happen to the dogs has not been determined.
Bird will be seeing an orthopedic surgeon Thursday morning for the injuries to his foot and leg. The 14-year-old boy suffered a puncture wound to his stomach.