A Milwaukee, Wisconsin, dog walker and his wife were walking their own dog on Saturday, June 16, about 5:00 p.m. when a Pit Bull jumped from a second-floor balcony to attack their pet. The incident occurred in the 4200 block of W. Capitol Drive on Milwaukee’s north side.
The 55-year-old man is still in St. Joseph’s Hospital with serious bite wounds after he wrestled the Pit Bull off his dog. Police sent an e-mail saying the victim had more than 30 punctures on his arms, face, legs and torso and will require surgery, according to Fox11online.com.
"The dog really attacked him everywhere," the victim's step-daughter, Zipporah Wood,. told reporters. "His ear, his underarm. We just thank god it wasn't his neck, you know. We just thank god he's still alive."
Wood said this was a regular walking route for the couple, but this day the Pit Bull just went crazy. Someone threw a shovel to the wife and she was hitting the dog as hard as she could but it still wouldn’t let go, an eyewitness told TMJ4.
Witnesses say the pit bull finally let go of the man only after someone pinned it with their car. Milwaukee police officers located the Pit Bull and shot it twice with a shotgun and killed it.
"I've never seen him get vicious toward anyone before," neighbor Jerome Avery said.
The 37-year-old owner of the Pit Bull lied to police about his identity and denied that it was his dog following the attack, but he turned himself in at the Milwaukee PD District 7 station about 6 p.m. Monday.
Milwaukee PD said a man was arrested, but they did not confirm his identity However, officials did say that the suspect is currently on probation. He now also faces charges of obstructing, violation of probation and numerous citations relating to this incident.
Zipporah's family feels it was only a matter of time before the Pit Bull jumped from the balcony.
She told TODAY'S TMJ4, "I just want to say to everyone, if you're not going to take proper responsibility for an animal. please don't get [a pit bull]."