Jogger Loses Foot After Pit Bull Attack

January 19, 2012 at 9:18 am by  

Chicago, IL — A 62-year-old man had to have his foot amputated because of the injuries he sustained after running into a couple of pit bulls during an early morning jog.

Joseph Finley was on his third lap at Rainbow Beach when he noticed he had been joined by two pit bulls. At first he wasn’t sure if the dogs were viscous or not, but got that answer when they both began chewing on his legs.

“All I remember is those dogs coming at me constantly, yanking and biting and tearing and pulling and yawing at my body like I was hamburger. . . One grabbed this foot here and the other one grabbed that foot and leg. They were in full bloom of attack.”

He tried to remain on his feet, even using an ankle weight to hit one of the dogs but was quickly losing the battle. A neighbor heard his screams and ran to his defense wielding a baseball bat, but to no avail. The dogs, Uno and Bullet, didn’t stop attacking Finley until police arrived and shot them.

Finley was rushed to the hospital where doctors had to amputate his left foot. Obviously, Finley isn’t too happy about losign his foot or the reason why he lost it.

“There should be something done about things like this. It’s not right at all that you can’t walk outside without the fear of being attacked by wild and vicious animals,” he said from his hospital bed.

The owner of the two dogs, 57-year-old Jimmy Johnson, was issued tickets for failing to restrain the dogs and not having city dog licenses. He is facing fines up to $200 for failing to license each dog, and up to $10,000 for failing to restrain the dogs. He told investigators that someone had left a gate open which allowed the dogs to escape.

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