Two men taken to local hospital after dogs attack in city park
Two men injured in a dog attack Wednesday morning in Jones Park at 1002 West Avenue H in Temple were taken to Scott & White Medical Center after a police officer killed one of the aggressive animals.
“Officers observed that both victims suffered extensive dog bites,” police spokesman Cody Weems said in a press release Wednesday.
Officers responded to a report of the attack at around 7:50 a.m. and when they arrived they found two dogs attacking one of the victims and the other victim “on the ground suffering from dog bites,” Weems said.
A third dog was nearby, he said.
A witness at the Temple Care Care Clinic across the street says he saw the three dogs attacking an older man at the park.
Bruce, Hillis, said all three dogs were pit bulls.
"The first thing I heard was the man screaming and hollering real loud... and I walked outside and I saw three dogs attacking him," Hillis said.
He says a second man came to help, but was also attacked before police arrived.
"He got out with a stick and then they attacked him. He fell down and they bit him a couple times. He got back up and went to his truck and came back out with a bigger stick but there was no stopping them until the police showed up," Hillis said.
“Officers approached but were unable to get the dogs to disengage,” Weems said.
“An officer fired one round that struck and killed one of the aggressive dogs. This caused the other two dogs to run away,” he said.
The dogs’ owner was at the park and secured the two dogs in her vehicle until animal control officers arrived.
Animal control confiscated the two surviving dogs.
Hillis says the woman did not have a leash for any of the dogs.
"The owner was trying to get the dogs off of them but they wouldn't listen to her they were in full attack mode just going crazy," Hillis said.
“Potential charges against the dog owner are pending,” Weems said.