Two dogs attack a Walnut Ridge man

By Rebecca Lane - bio | email

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 man was attacked by two dogs and feels lucky his injuries were not worse.

"The two pit bulls came out and attacked me in the ditch," Neal Fears explains, "I got behind a motorcycle to shield myself and the owners pulled them off."

As Fears was picking up trash, getting ready to mow, two dogs charged and attacked him behind the Alamo Courts in Walnut Ridge.  Fears ran to hide behind a motorcycle to protect himself.  He says he knew not to run or fall to the ground.  Thanks to his quick thinking and fast action by the owners, his injuries were minor.  However, he says that his baggy jeans were the only reason the dogs did not do more damage to his legs.

"This is the second time we have been down here for an attack," Chief Alan Haskins, of the Walnut Ridge Fire Department admits, "The first time, animal control took them and kept them for ten days and then they got them back."

One of those dogs from the previous attack, attacked Fears today.  Haskins explains that it is state law that dogs who attack are to be obtained and held for ten days to determine if they have rabies or anything else harmful.  He is unsure if these dogs will be returned to their owners.

"I don't know if they'll be able to get them back," he says,  "It's up to the decision of the court."

According to Haskins, the dogs, especially the one who had attacked before, have shown to be vicious through this attack.

Fears says the dogs are dangerous animals and that there is no need for leniency in the town of Walnut Ridge.  Despite his scrapes and cuts, he is grateful the dogs attacked him.

"It was lucky it was me instead of a child," said Fears. He added that the attack probably would have "killed a young person."

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