Third dog attack victim recalls ‘fighting for my life’

Kevin Davis said, “These dogs came out of nowhere. They kept biting and all I could do was fight back. I thought I was going to die.”

Street. Louis – “I was walking down the alley after throwing away my neighbor’s trash,” said Kevin Davis.

Moments after his good deed, the 23-year-old said he suddenly had a terrifying encounter with three dogs in a North St. Louis neighborhood.

“I remember hearing the barking for the first time,” Davis told Robert Townsend of 5 On Your Side during an exclusive interview Wednesday.

“It was the first time I ever saw those three dogs,” said Davis.

The dogs attacked the 130-pound, 6-foot-tall man.

“They started biting my ankle. Then they started biting me harder,” he recalled after he left the hospital and went home, still wearing his hospital bracelet and scrubs.

The pit dog bit him on his arms, fingers, and legs.

It happened a block from his home in the Penrose neighborhood.

“I didn’t know what to do. After that I started to fight back,” said Davis.

“They ripped my arm off, they pulled everything on me. One of those vicious dogs tore my nails off,” said Davis.

The St. Louis man said that after he dumped his neighbor’s trash, he walked through a park and went home.

He says the dogs rushed out of nowhere and attacked him.

Finally, the trembling and frightened Kevin Davis got away with the three bulls, but only after he had jumped over a tall fence.

He said, “One of the dogs tried to jump over the fence, bit me and grabbed me and tried to pull me back over the fence. I thought I was going to die. I didn’t know they had killed one person and injured another man.” Davis.

The night before Davis’ attack, police say, the same dogs mauled and killed his 62-year-old neighbor, Dennis Moore, in an alley on a San Francisco street.

“I knew Dennis. He would always walk the neighborhood with his dog. In fact I was going to mate my pit bull with his dog. He was a great guy,” said Davis.

Police say the three dogs attacked a 92-year-old man who was also taking out trash.

In the last report, that victim was still in the hospital.

Meanwhile, the comforting Davis family, including beloved 14-month-old American pit bull Hennessy, are all thrilled to have him back home.

“I’m so grateful I thought he was gone. I mean, that dog bit his left arm to the bone,” said Linda Davis, the man’s mother.

“I’m back in the hospital on Friday. I’m so happy to be here with everyone. Yeah, I feel lucky,” said Kevin.

St. Louis Animal Control seized three dogs who said they were staying at their shelter in connection with the investigation.

Kristen Byers and Pepper Baker of 5 On Your Side contributed to this story.

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