Man attacked by dogs while taking out trash

Published: Mar. 9, 2017 at 10:16 PM CST
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ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII)-- A man was about to take out his neighbors trash when he was attacked by two dogs Thursday morning.

Every Thursday morning, Ted James walks around his neighborhood bringing trash cans to the curb.

"It's what I do, to try and help people, you know?" James said.

And neighbors like Mirranda Molina notice.

"He's the sweetest guy, and he helps anybody and everybody he can." Molina said.

But this particular Thursday morning, he was attacked by a pit bull-mix and a smaller breed, on the street behind his home.

"Them dogs, they got up on me before I knew it." James said.

James got stitches on his face, leg, torso and hand, and will have to see a specialist in Oklahoma City for his finger.

"Biting, they each trying to get an arm, the other grabs and stuff...and then another boy came in and helped get the dogs off me." James said.

The attack scares Molina, a mother of three.

"I can't even let my kids outside, because I'm terrified that a dog is going to come and attack my kids," Molina said. "It's not right. There's too many kids in this trailer park that what to enjoy the sunlight and actually play."

The owner wouldn't speak on camera, but police say he voluntarily handed his dogs over for quarantine where they'll be checked for shots. He could be fined.

"Obviously when you have a dog loose, that's a city ordinance violation, any dog, be it aggressive or non-aggressive." Ardmore Police Sergeant Brice Woolly said.

Woolly said the owner had the dogs by the collar when they got away from him.

"That's the number one thing, make sure they're restrained, one a leash or in a fenced area." Woolly said.

James just is glad it wasn't someone else.

"I'm glad it wasn't a little, bitty kid, because it could've been a lot worse than it is." James said.