Man fights for his life after pit bull attack - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Man fights for his life after pit bull attack

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- A man is fighting for his life at University Hospital after police say he was mauled by a dog.  A neighbor says she also had a scary run in with the same pit bull.

The house where this attack happened looks like a scene from a scary movie, with a trail of blood telling the story of a dog attack that nearly took a man's life. Handprints, a soaked chair, a smeared glass door, and a spattered wall all reveal blood from a man police say was fighting for his life as he was being attacked by a pit bull.

"We used to call him crazy dog, and he was, the crazy one is the one that attacked the man," said neighbor Dorothy Ratcliffe.

Ratcliffe says she knows all too well the danger of the dog after a frightening run-in not long ago: "All of sudden, these two dogs came running up and of course I fell."

Ratcliffe walked away from that incident, but it was a completely different story around 1 o'clock Thursday morning. That's when police rushed to a home on Shasta Trail in the Newburg neighborhood for an active dog attack.

"They entered from the neighbor's yard and saw a pit bull outside of a vehicle with a man trapped inside," said LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell.

Mitchell says the dog became very aggressive and would not allow the officers to get near the victim.  "Obviously the dog was covered in blood at that point from what he had done to the victim."

Police were forced to shoot the dog and were finally able to get the victim out of the car and into an ambulance.  Neighbors say there are a lot of children who walk up and down the sidewalk in front of the house where the dog lived."

"I send these kids, and they go catch the bus down at the next corner, they have to pass that house," Ratcliffe said.

Neighbors say the victim was only supposed to be checking on and feeding the dog for a relative. Proof, Ratcliffe says, of why police made the right decisions:  "If he did that to the person that fed him, can you imagine what he would do to somebody else?"

The victim's name is not being released, but police say he is suffering from life-threatening injuries, mostly to his arms.

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