'When you need a gun, you
need a gun'
Originally ran here
in David Register-News as:
Bluford man attacked by pit bulls: 'When
you need a gun, you need a gun'
Jan 26 2001 12:00AM By
Mary Kaye Davis Register-News
BLUFORD - "I was covered from head to toe
in blood. It was a pretty close call," said Earl King, who, along with his
dog, were attacked by two pit bulls this week.
King, who is a building inspector in this
Jefferson County village, said he was filling out a building permit Tuesday
afternoon at his home when he heard dogs fighting outside. He looked out and his
beagle was being attacked by two pit bulls, he said. While King searched for his
pistol, the two men visiting King managed to kick the dogs away from the beagle
and brought the dog back to safety.
However, King's troubles weren't over. His dog
tried to escape to safety to the back of the yard, and the pit bulls returned to
attack the dog again. King again tried to get a pistol which he kept in a locked
box, but couldn't quickly locate the key ring, and he returned to the yard to
find the pit bulls were again attacking his dog.
"They had the beagle down again and were
(gnawing) its head and throat and chewing its arms. They were trying to kill my
dog," King said.
Two female neighbors heard the commotion and
came running, and one swung a large branch at the dog, and the dogs ran away.
But in the midst of trying to get the beagle away from the pit bulls, King was
bitten in the arm several times. "
It was a pretty close call," King said.
"If it wasn't for those two women, I don't know what could have happened. I
think they could have killed us. We were both covered in blood."
King called the Jefferson County Sheriff's
Department and the Jefferson County animal warden, who found the pit bulls at
the owner's home, half a block away. The dogs were taken to Jefferson County
Animal Shelter, where they were put in isolation. They are being checked for
rabies, said Ruth Hughes, shelter supervisor.
The incident report being compiled by the
sheriff's office was incomplete by the newspaper's deadline this morning. King's
arm bites were not serious, but his beagle is still recovering.
"The wounds were so deep the vet didn't
want to put stitches in. The wounds were very close to the heart," King
said. "He'll be OK, but he's stiff and sore right now."
King said the attacks offers two lessons. He
said not only should people keep potentially dangerous dogs leashed or
contained, but his gun would have come in handy. "That should say something
to all those people who don't believe people should have guns," King said.
"When you need a gun, you need a gun."