Pit bulls attack Memphis man

An Animal Control Officer takes custody of one of the dogs.
An Animal Control Officer takes custody of one of the dogs.

(WMC-TV) - A Memphis man was attacked by two pit bulls late Tuesday morning, authorities said.

According to police, the man was walking just before 10:00 a.m. in the 3100 block of Princeton when the dogs got loose.

Eldred Chatman was sitting on his porch around when he watched the two pit bulls charge and attack.

"I had to beat the dogs off of him," he said.

Chatman tried to used a chair to shoo the dogs away, but they were too aggressive.

"I got out of breath," he said. "I almost panicked myself."

Chatman said the dogs were trying to bite his neighbor's neck.

"I was seeing blood coming off the guy and it was just bad."

The struggle lasted several minutes.

"When they attacked him, they were out to kill him," Chatman said.

Eventually, the owner, John Langley, arrived and was able to coax the animals off the bite victim. The victim, who has not been named, was taken to Methodist Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Neighbors at the scene said it was not the first time the dogs have gotten loose. Annie Jones said her son had to use force to get the same two dogs of her back yard recently.

"The dog wouldn't move," she said. "He shot down at the concrete to scare the dog."

According to Memphis police, Langley was issued citations for dogs running at large, failure to spay or neuter, and failure to vaccinate.

Langley surrendered the dogs to Memphis Animal Services. Because the Memphis Animal Shelter does not adopt out dogs that have bitten people, the dogs will be euthanized after a quarantine period.

Langely was ordered to appear in court next month.

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