2 Pit Bulls Attack Disabled Calif. Man; Assistant Fire Chief Shoots Dogs to Save Victim’s Life

| by Phyllis M Daugherty

Two Pit Bulls attacked a 44-year-old disabled man on Tuesday night, inside his Isleton home, and his neighbor saved his life .(Isleton is located in Sacramento County.) The victim was taken to North Bay Hospital in Fairfield, Fox40 reports.

Cosumnes Fire District Assistant Chief George Apple, who lives across the street told reporters, “I could hear the victim screaming for help, that the dogs were killing him,” said Apple

Apple is the fire marshal for the Elk Grove District, and he’s a sworn officer who carries a gun.

“I knew what kind of dogs were there so I grabbed my firearm,” Apple said, speaking of the Pit Bull who lived in the house. The dogs are reportedly owned by the victim’s mother, who is bed ridden with Alzheimers. There was no one else at the home.

After entering the house, Apple told Fox40 that he knew it was a life-or- death situation. He said that the larger of the two Pit Bulls had the victim’s arm in his mouth and was “tearing way at it,” while the smaller dog ripped at the victim’s leg.

Apple shot the large dog twice, but then it turned on him and he had to defend himself.

“There was a lot of fight in that dog and after a couple of shots it was still coming after me,” Apple said.

The second dog then charged him and he was forced to also shoot it.

One dog was killed; the other had severe injuries and was later euthanized by Sacramento County Animal Control, according to Fox40 News.

Neighbors said from seven to ten Pit Bulls were kept at the house off and on and they had a “bad feeling” about it. One neighbor said she had complained to the owner who promised that they “would be getting rid of the dogs.”

“They’ll go crazy and chase another dog or other people,” a neighbor told FOX40.

“His life was at stake, so I acted to save his life,” said Apple.

Sacramento County Animal Control told Fox40 they are still investigating the case. The owner of the house said she was taking care of pit bulls for someone else. Officials want to know who that “someone else” is, and if there are more dogs remaining at the house.

Source: Fox 40, KFBK