A Houston jogger owes her life to a 63-year-old man with bad knees.
Charles Jordan, 63, lives right off the South Belt trail near Houston, Texas. The trail is typically a calm place. Yesterday, the quiet was broken by the piercing sound of a nearby scream.
“I thought it was some kid on the walking trail screaming as they rode their bike,” said Jordan's wife, Sharon Jordan. “It kept going and wouldn’t go away.”
When Jordan checked outside to see what the commotion was, he saw two pit bulls mauling a woman.
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“They were playing tug of war with her,” Jordan said. “One was pulling this way and the other was pulling that way, trying to tear her apart.”
Jordan, bad knees and all, ran to help the woman.
“I ran down there and dove on top of her,” he said. “That’s all I could do. Just put myself between her and the dog.”
After 10 minutes, the dogs finally ran off. Jordan was bit on the mouth, but that was the least of his concerns.
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“I’m fine,” he said. “The dogs didn’t want me. They were fixated on her.”
The jogger, Monica Garza, suffered 56 bite wounds. An ambulance was called and paramedics arrived shortly after. Garza immediately underwent surgery for her injuries. She is expected to make a full recovery.
Garza’s father, Jeff Mack, credits Jordan with saving his daughter’s life.
“I firmly believe he saved her life by risking his,” Mack said.
Jordan, meanwhile, had stern words for the owners of the loose dogs.
"People need to have their dogs on a leash. Be responsible as a pet owner, put it on a leash," he said. “…She’s too young. Young people don’t need to be hurt. I’ve got kids. I’ve got grand kids. Don’t hurt them.”
Both dogs are in the custody of animal control and will be quarantined for 10 days. There is a very real chance the dogs will be put down following the quarantine period.