Learn how dog bite victims and witnesses of serious and fatal pit bull attacks describe the horrific attack experience including, being maimed beyond recognition, fractured skull injuries and more.
The attack was severe to the point where we’re probably going to have a closed casket. The mother is not going to be able to see her baby’s face ever again.
I couldn't sleep. I was up all night. I was at the station. I threw up twice. It's just horrifying -- scary.
sheriff javier salazar
One of the relatives of the child actually looked out into the backyard and saw that the dog had his mouth around the little boy's neck and was shaking him.
She was just so chewed up, I mean there’s just no coming back from that. The doctors did everything they could. They tried to give her blood and everything, and she’d just passed. There’s nothing they could do, absolutely nothing.
sheriff james agnew
In my 40 years of law enforcement, I've never seen anything quite like it. Hope I never see anything like it again.
Two 100, 120-pound pit bulls just getting his neck, his legs ... Everyone was screaming, but no one knew what to do.
captain rob mcdade
"It wasn't a good scene -- It was a brutal attack by the animal. It's hard when you see a child in that much trauma.
By the time rescue workers arrived, the woman's intestines were on the floor ... Her mother's arms were mangled. One arm was amputated before the poor woman died in the hospital the next morning.
slatington police chief david rachman
He grabbed her by the neck again and shook her like a rag doll. She was flopping around ... The way he attacked her, that's the way animals kill. His intention was to kill her.
Then we see the dog started biting on her neck, started removing pieces from her neck. We didn't go there, because the dog looks really wild at that time.
I said to him, "The dogs are eating us. Send two ambulances."
I couldn’t tell if she was gone. I just knew, she had on a jacket and a book bag so I couldn't tell if she was breathing or not. I think that kind of saved her skin. I knew that her face was totally dismembered.
reporter describes injuries
Payton’s cheek was fractured so dramatically that the bone was pushing on her muscle, paralyzing the right side of her face. Her eye socket was destroyed, which ultimately would have caused her eye to sink down into her sinus cavity.
By far it's probably the worst thing I’ve ever seen in my life. There was only 30 percent left of his body probably.
All the flesh was ripped away from her calf. The artery was just hanging there. Half of her face was basically bitten off. She looked like she was dead. She had to lose two gallons of blood, easy.
The bicep was missing, chunks ... I’ve seen a lot of dog bites, but these...I’ve never seen anything like this. She looked like she was attacked by a shark. There’s chunks of meat that were off...
port huron police report
Her carotid artery had been severed, the trachea was damaged, her cervical spine was broken and there was possible damage to the jugular.
They pulled him to the fence to the other dog in the fence, and the other dog grabbed his hood on his coat and pulled him under. And they started biting and eating my son.
He had blood all over him, all over the floor, everywhere. Flesh was hanging off his arms. It was the most awful mess I’ve ever seen.
miami-dade county coroner's report
The skin of the scalp and most of the face is absent ... The muscles of the face are mostly absent.
She was just basically laying there, lifeless ... All I know is there was blood everywhere. He did a nasty job.
I went to the bathroom and my boy is dead. [Dispatcher: Why do you think he is dead?] Because there's blood all over his face.
It had him around the neck, he wasn't letting go. He was just shaking him by his neck ... It was the scariest thing I ever seen in my life.
It’s just unexplainable. You just don’t get it when you’ve had the [pit bull] so long, I don’t know what could have happened. I don’t know.
Cause the dogs absolutely chewed his left hand plum off. He lost six pints of his blood. And his face was tore off. His eye was hanging out. I mean I have never seen nothing like that.
One dog grabbed her face and literally tore it off. The other one pulled her mouth off ... They've fixed that, and they reattached her face.
He's fighting [but there's] still a long ways to go. It's terrible. You don't wish nobody to get eaten alive.
firefighter zachary sykora
Could see muscles, skin gone, major trauma throughout the body.
I knew she was dead right away ... It looked like [the pit bull] took a chunk of her throat out around the jugular.
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.
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.