A north Harris County man may lose his leg after being attacked by two pit bulls Wednesday afternoon.
The incident occurred around 3 p.m. in the 1000 block of Manatee Lane near I-45 and Cypress Creek Parkway.
When the 59-year-old man was attacked, he began screaming and several neighbors ran out to see what was happening.
"I'm pounding this dog as hard as I can with my fist and it didn't faze him at all. It's like he didn't even care. To be honest with you, he's stronger than me."
"I thought about taking my gun when I ran out the door and thought, 'Well, that's kind of extreme,' " neighbor Bill Drout tells KHOU Ch. 11.
Drout quickly regretted that decision when he approached the two animals.
"I called, 'Get a gun. Get a gun. Call 911,' " he says.
The dogs had apparently dug under the owner's fence before attacking the man. The owner's wife rushed to help out and was able to get the female dog off, although apparently the stronger male dog was not so easy to deal with.
"I'm pounding this dog as hard as I can with my fist and it didn't faze him at all. It's like he didn't even care," Drout says. "To be honest with you, he's stronger than me."
Drout was eventually able to pull the male dog off the man, although he victim sustained serious injuries to one leg in the attack.
"I'm thinking as I'm pulling this dog off, if this dog decides to turn on me, I'm no match for this dog," Drout says. "But what are you gonna do? Leave the dog chewing on the guy's leg?"
Once paramedics arrived at the scene, the man was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital. Harris County Sheriff's Office officials later said the man was in stable condition, although his leg may have to be amputated due to his severe injuries.
"The owner has decided because of previous bite history to surrender his dogs to animal control for euthanization," Sgt. Eric Batton of the Harris County Sheriff's Office notes. "He made a very responsible, prudent decision."