Learn how dog bite victims and witnesses of serious and fatal dog maulings describe the horrific experience and how many are left to live with disfiguring injuries in the aftermath.
Every time my heart would beat, blood would gush out of my arms. So I was trying to hold them up, so I would not lose more blood.
The [pit bull] initially went straight for the jugular ... Prepare yourself, he said, the damage is going to be excruciatingly painful to see.
I looked over the fence and I saw that lady laying there. What I remember was her head -- there was almost no hair left.
police chief todd duplantis
The mother was able to get away from the pit bull and barricade herself in a bedroom where she screamed for help and handed over her 4-year-old child through a window to medical personnel.
I couldn't even call 911 because I kept slipping in the blood, and I kept dropping my phone.
coroner kent harshbarger
We can't quantify [the number of bites] because they overlap. There’s no way to put a range on it.
Her husband could only identify her by her shoes and her glasses that lay near by.
They were within a minute of killing me ... It was like trying to grab a chainsaw that was going wild.
I stood in that room screaming, while my wife held his small hand. His body was destroyed, lying there in that neck brace.
tony bell, spokesperson
[Devitt] was dragged 50 yards, scalped and her arm removed. We’ve gotta do something about it; [pit bulls] are killing machines.
There was a pool of blood, blood over all the walls and everything. I felt like I was in a horror film.
councilman glenn green
I mean I can't even imagine living my entire life being vision impaired and having no arms.
reporter don logana
The graphic photos even showing what appeared to be the tiny child's head nearly decapitated along with severe internal damage.
griffin police cpl. stan phillips
She was trying to pry the dogs mouth open. She actually lost some teeth biting the dog, trying to get the dog off.
They were not biting. They were eating, eating me because when they were stuck to my arms they were pulling out my tendons and nerves and every kind of tissue on me.
Honey I used to be in the medical field. I don't give her a snowball's chance in hell of even making it to the hospital.
I really can't put it into words ... To sit there and look at your child, you look at the arms and it looked like shredded meat.
It was like a horror movie. It was like something I've never seen before. We're traumatized. The images are still in our minds.
[The pit bull] wasn't growling or barking or anything like that ... it just wouldn't stop biting ... It literally looked like he was eating him.
There was blood everywhere. There was blood in the wheel wells, there was even blood on the exhaust pipes. It was like someone had just taken buckets...
The dog was just hanging on my face ... I'll never forget that.
detective kevin borycz
When you've seen pictures of the injuries -- the arm, the leg, the shoulder -- just chunks of the boy are missing.
Instead when she looked down the alley, she saw Dominic flopping around on the ground and a women screaming into a phone.
Like a rattlesnake, I didn't even see the dog move. I felt the power. It had it's lower jaw in my mouth and it's upper jaw here, and it just yanked.
Mr. Bowden was maimed beyond recognition, with no facial features remaining and other horrific disfigurement.
The big pit was chewing the man's arm off. It was horrible. I've never seen anything like that."
She suffered a fractured skull and required more than 300 stitches to close her wounds. She also lost many teeth and had numerous bones in her face shattered.
The first thing I think of is a lion. I don't know of too many animals that can do that to you.
police news release
His right hand had been bitten off by a pit bull dog in the house.
This is not just a bite. This is a mauling. This is an unprovoked mauling, and there's a big difference.
He don't have his ears, he don't have his scalp or nothing.
It was like getting a piece of meat (torn off), like that movie 'Jaws.'
'Cause they was eating me, and they were eating me while I was saying that. I couldn't protect myself. I just took the pain -- and the pain was bad.
I felt like I was fighting a person. I was choking him, and we were on the ground rolling. I was asking God to help me because I knew I was dying.
I always thought that maybe [pit bulls] were getting kind of a bad rep at one point, but this kind of changed my mind...I don't think pit bulls should be allowed for anyone to have. They are not a pet.
I remember taking my hands and pushing my nose back up and holding my cheek -- what was left of it -- and falling to the ground.
He saw Andersen collapse, with heavy bleeding coming from her right arm. He used his necktie and gun magazine to form a tourniquet to stop the bleeding...
We are very, very lucky that the dog's bottom jaw did not get under Delaney's bottom jaw, because when I pulled her out of his mouth, I would have pulled her whole bottom jaw out, which the nurse told me would have been a horrific scene.
When I got there, [my son's feet] looked like hamburger meat you would see at Bi-Lo.
[The pit bulls] ripped it to shreds. What could the child possibly have done to instigate that? I have a daughter who is 18 months old. And the look on the father's face is something I'll never forget, ever.
I shot [the pit bull] right in the chest with a .45, and it didn't even fall over. I was quite surprised.
It ripped from here, all the way down, it took his whole face off.
This was not a dog bite, it was attempted dismemberment. There is no way to describe the savagery and carnage.
The dog had tore into his calf and when he let go, he just snatched and pulled all the arteries out. He was lying on the steps, and when I checked his vital signs he was already dead then.
I’m a monster, mommy. I look creepy.
The dogs were actually eating him alive. It's not easy to picture.
I heard the bones crush on his left arm. The dog bit the boy’s face and neck, ripped his lip and bent his arm back like paper.
The dogs were possessed. [The baseball bats] would knock them down, and like cartoon characters, they would shake their heads then go right back to biting even worse.
I'm missing my biceps. I nearly lost my eye, but the doctors were able to save it.
It looks like a chainsaw. It is amazing how fast, just in seconds, how much damage this pit bull can do.
The [pit bull] jumped off the balcony and onto my head.
She has a steel plate under her right cheek from where the dog broke her face. Her whole face is all scarred -- completely.
I'm being attacked and I'm just looking for a place to put my son because he would have killed him in a second. So I found a garbage can and I placed my son in the garbage can.
I didn’t believe he would ever hurt me...ever. That dog slept with me like a husband.
They tore off half of her ear, ripped her eyelid and split open her lips. She has stitches and staples to close the wounds.