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Man who narrowly escaped pit bull attack is upset with police response

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WEST PRICE HILL, OH (FOX19) -

A West Price Hill man narrowly escaped a pit bull attack and he said responding officers did not respond quickly.

The SPCA did capture the two dogs after two 911 calls. They couldn't give a timeline, but the man who fought off the pit bulls said it took them more than an hour for them to come out to his neighborhood.

Don is still in bandages after two pit bulls nearly attacked him in his garage on Gellenbeck St.

"I kind of knocked this knee on the car when I was jumping on the car and I also hit my arm and chest area," he said.

He didn't want his last name released, but said he was working on his car Tuesday afternoon when he realized he wasn't alone.

"I heard some huffing like, huh huh huh so I turn around and I saw two dogs," Don said. 

He said thankfully his car was up on jacks several feet off the ground. If it wasn't, he said the dogs would have bit him.

One of the pit bulls had latched on to his shoe.

"I'm up in the engine component of my car and the both of them are up as high as they can get barking and I grab a tool and I'm swinging, saying, 'get down, get down.' It was terrifying."

A man driving by and honked his horn scaring the dogs off, and he was able to run inside and call 911.

He said what angers him the most is that it took 45 minutes for police to show up and then they left without locating the dogs.

Don said the pit bulls came back and he had to call 911 again. 

In the call to 911 you can hear Don tell the dispatcher, "Somebody's going to get hurt because you won't sent anybody over here to do anything."

The dispatcher responds saying, "If the officer told you there is nothing he can do about it and the SPCA is not available today, there isn't anything else I can do for you."

Don said he couldn't believe what he was hearing.

"I said, 'you got to be kidding me. I'm reporting that there's two loose pit bulls that attacked me. They are still out here on the street. This has been over an hour now and you guys are telling me there's nothing you can do,'" he said. 

After the two calls to police, the SPCA did find two pit bulls a few blocks away on Akochia Ave. Police said because Don was in a safe location his call was not as high of a priority.

Don said he wishes police would have handled it better because in the future someone could be seriously hurt especially since there are several children in the neighborhood.

"They should stay on the scene and try to locate the dog, corral them or at least warn people to make the streets as safe as possible," he said.

The SPCA said the two pit bulls were held for a day before the owner picked them up. They said the owner was cited for not confining the dogs or having a license.

Cincinnati Police and the SPCA said that incident is under investigation.

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