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Elderly Bryan Co. man killed by neighborhood dogs

MEAD, OK -- An elderly Bryan County man was killed this afternoon, mauled by dogs in his own front yard.

Officlas say 92-year-old James Hurst was found badly mauled and bleeding in his front yard. The Bryan County Undersheriff says the man was attacked by two dogs that neighbors say had been aggressive in the past. Now, they say they are terrified that this could happen again.

Judy Boone says she was horrified to hear what had happened to her neighbor.

"My friend looked up there and seen his cane and she said, Mr. Hurst, never leaves without his cane it's laying there on the front porch and she run up there and he laying in his yard," Boone said.

Bryan County Undersheriff Kenneth Golden says James Hurst was working in his yard when he was attacked by two Pit Bulls. Golden says of all the dog attacks he has worked, he has never seen one this bad.

"It appears he was chewed and drug around the yard. It wasn't very pretty," Hurst said.

Golden says Hurst suffered extensive injuries to his feet and was taken to MCSO in Durant where he died.

Boone says her heart breaks for her neighbor, but she always worried something like this would happen becuase there are several neighborhood dogs running loose.

"It's terrifying to know that you can't come out on your own front porch or stand in your own yard without being mauled and attacked," Boone said.

She says what scares her the most is that several kids live in the area.
Eleven-year-old Ryan Matlock says he has had an encounter with one of the Pit Bulls before.

"It crawled through a hole in the fence and it got a hold of my leg and I tried to get it off and I kicked it, and I just got on my bike and took off again,"Matlock said.

And he is not the only one who says they have come face to face with the dangerous dogs in the neighborhood.

"Every time we ride our bikes around the corner to the park they always chase us and nip after our feet," Ricquelle Riley and Kylie Matlock said.

Golden says there is a leash law in the town of Mead, but the sheriff's office cannot enforce that law and there is no city police department.

"There are some things that need to be changed, you know, in regards to dogs that are capable of doing a lot of damage," Golden said.

Officials say the dogs have to be deemed vicious and have a proven history of biting and attacking others before any criminal charges can be filed.


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