Pit bulls maul diabetic, 63, on morning walk

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by JASON WHITELY

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WFAA

Posted on July 23, 2010 at 9:40 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 9 at 6:56 AM

DALLAS - Two pit bull dogs attacked and mauled a 63-year-old diabetic man taking a walk through his neighborhood Friday.

It happened just before 6:00 a.m. in Lakewood.

"It was terrible, man," David Cunniff, witness, recalled. "I felt defenseless. There was nothing I could do."

He first heard Dost Aryan's screams for help outside.

"He had bites on his face, his arms, his legs, his arms," Cunniff remembered. "There was blood all over the porch. It was horrific. You can't believe."

Aryan said the dogs charged him as he walked back towards his house.

He did not carry a stick or any weapon - never anticipating such an attack.

"Part of his lip was ripped off," Cunniff added.

Aryan was bitten too many times to count.

Even though he was bandaged, he remained bloody.

"I said 'Man, I'm sorry I couldn't help you sooner,'" Cunniff continued. "And he said 'I'm just thankful to be alive.' He said 'I truly thought I was going to die right there. I thought those dogs were going to maul me to death.'"

Aryan said he is taking multiple prescriptions for the bites.

He said he was bitten on his legs, feet, upper thigh, and from his fingers to his elbows on both arms.

Cunniff said Aryan sought refuge on a nearby front porch using hanging flower pots to fight off the dogs without success.

Aryan told News 8 he will have to find another way to exercise now.

Experts suggest in addition to carrying a stick, walkers and joggers should use a weapon like "Halt II."

It's a spray irritatant designed to deter dogs.

Experts recommend a spray designed for dogs because some are immune to traditional pepper spray.

Dallas Animal Control seized two pit bulls, a gray male and tan and white female, near the attack Friday morning. Both are quarantined and if neither are claimed in ten days they become city property and will likely be destroyed.

Email: jwhitely@wfaa.com

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