Name: Will D.
Location: Walking between homes in urban neighborhood, Oklahoma
Year of attack: 2021
Tell us about the attack
My 50-year-old son was walking between homes to go to the backyard of a rental home he owns. A tall chain link fence separates the house from a neighboring one. Two pit bulls in the neighboring yard went crazy and tried to scale the fence. One nailed him on the shoulder by his neck. He said it was aiming for his jugular vein. He’s lucky he’s tall, about 6 feet. A shorter person would have been maimed. He bled some and his shirt is ruined. The pits weren’t licensed or vaccinated and have been destroyed. The renters of his house told him they had been afraid to allow their three little girls out into the yard to play because of those pit bulls next door going into a frenzy every time they saw the kids.
How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
I am much more aware now. I am rural and live alone. A pit bull runs loose from time to time. Before my husband died this pit bull tried to terrorize us, especially me. At times it would stand and bark and growl and act menacing to the point my husband would tell me to go inside. He had a very gruff, loud voice and it seemed to give the dog pause when he yelled at it. Still, it worried him and he told me to never stay out if that dog came around. He went to the little town nearby and put the word out to everyone that pit bull was terrorizing us and it would be shot if it ever came around again. Apparently word got back to the owners and I haven’t seen it since. However, my husband before he died instructed me to carry a pistol while I’m gardening and I do. Worries me more than ever with him gone.
Son’s case: the city killed the dogs.
What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
Pit bulls are unpredictable and vicious. They tried to attack my son, a stranger. They had terrorized three little girls and the family to the point where the children were not allowed to play outside. No one would expect a short dog to be able to climb a 5 to 6′ fence but these demonic dogs can do so. A fence is not a safety net if there are pit bulls.