A courageous 17-year-old in Arlington, VA, possibly saved his father’s life on Sunday as two Pit Bulls belonging to a neighbor viciously attacked the 62-year-old catering truck driver.
According to the Washington Post Crime-Scene report, the violent incident occurred at about 4:30 p.m. on July 15 in the 2000 block of South Oakland Street as Max Foronda’s two sons watched.
Arlington County Police are crediting 17-year-old Alejandro Morales for his quick actions in distracting the Pit Bulls so that his father could finally get to safety inside his truck.
Foronda is recovering at a local hospital from severe wounds to his legs, arms and ears, authorities said.
The two Pit Bulls attacked the 62-year-old victim when he was trying to “shoo” them out of his yard, reports FoxDC.com. As Foronda decided to go to his neighbors and complain about the dogs, the two Pit Bulls turned on him, dragging him to the ground.
"I took my little brother's shoe and the dogs are still attacking my dad," 17-year-old Alejandro Morales stated as he reenacted his actions for Fox News. "And I took the shoe and threw it at one of the dogs and it started chasing me and I went around here and back inside (the house)."
"He was on the floor and he was trying to get up, but the dogs kept trying to bite his legs and he was unable to. He kept falling down as he was trying to get up," the boy described. When the dogs ran after Alejandro, his father was able to get up and get to his truck and close the door.
“He was bitten many times from head to toe,” Arlington police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck told the Crime-Scene reporter. Sternbeck added that the attack was totally unprovoked.
One of the Pit Bulls charged officers who responded, and the dog was shot and killed by police, according to the Washington Post Crime Scene report. The other Pit Bull was captured.
From his hospital bed, Foronda described to Fox News, "One dog started biting from one side and when I started to defend myself, the other one started biting me from the other side. And finally they put me down on the floor and I started losing all of my energy because I was bleeding all over."
In the meantime, neighbors called 911 and paramedics and police officers arrived.
"As soon as they exited the vehicle, the dogs became very aggressive," said Arlington County Police spokesperson Dustin Sternbeck. "The one started charging towards the officers and that's when they made the decision to open fire on him," said Sternbeck.
The second Pit Bull is impounded at the Animal Welfare League, pending the results of the investigation.
The victim said the dogs’ owner has not spoken to him since the attack, but he is afraid the man is angry and will confront him about the loss of his pets. "I don't want any problems with him. I just want to live in peace," Foronda told reporters.