Monday, October 10, 2011
Glendora, CA - Retired fire chief, 67-year old Milford Fonza, has been released from the hospital after being attacked by two vicious pit bulls this morning. Glendora police say the dogs attacked him in the 1600 block of Sunflower Avenue. Fonza tried to fight off the pit bulls with his walking stick, but it quickly snapped (or was chewed) into pieces. The former fire chief also tried to hoist himself over a wall in order to escape, but the pit bulls pulled him back off the wall.
Glendora police officer Matt Fenner was on routine patrol when he came upon Fonza being attacked. Officer Fenner rammed one pit bull with his police cruiser and shot the other one dead. Fonza suffered a broken shoulder -- from being pulled off the wall by the pit bulls -- and puncture wounds to his face, arms, torso, legs and groin. In his own words, Fenner said: "I've been in a lot of situations that are life threatening; this is the closest to death I have ever come to."
Milford Fonza is also a Vietnam veteran.
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| 10/10/2011 8:38 PM |
Oh my God! What a story!
The owner of the dog "was ticketed"! Good thing justice was served, then! angry
I watched the video twice. Mr. Fonza's account was very touching. He sounds so unnerved and vulnerable--the way that is voice trembles a bit, like he's close to crying. The poor man sounds traumatized (why wouldn't he be?). Thank God Officer Fenner came along and saved him.
Can you imagine trying to climb over a wall to save your life and having two pit bulls drag you down?! Awful! Awful!
The owner should GO TO JAIL.
| 10/10/2011 9:41 PM |
From the GlendoraPatch website:
"Milford Fonza, 67, had been through the Vietnam War. As a retired fire chief with the Compton Fire Department, he was trained to rescue people in life-threatening situations.
But nothing he had ever experienced was as terrifying as the attack he suffered at the jaws of two pit bulls early Monday morning."
| 10/10/2011 9:52 PM |
Yesterday, I was bitten by a pit bull during my morning run. It was still dark outside, and I heard some dogs barking. I assumed they were behind a fence (the pit bulls at this house always barked at me from behind the chain link fence). Then one came up and chomped the back of my leg. It knocked me down in the road. The bite was bloody, and now it's bandaged and sore and bruised. On top of the painful bite, I have road rash and bruises on my back from falling down. Thankfully it ran away after the first bite.
I went to the doctor where they called animal control (required by law). Animal control called me an hour later and informed me that the same dog had bitten two other people that morning. The owner received over 400 dollars in citations. After reading stories like this man's, I see that I'm really blessed that it wasn't any worse. The dog is now quarantined to make sure he doesn't have rabies... not fun for me.
| 10/11/2011 11:35 AM |
Yeah, pit bulls put us back in the middle ages. This man is a viet nam veteran and a firefighter and the closest he's come to death is being the victim of a PROTRACTED pit bull attack.
Why do we allow animals that PREY on us to be around us?
| 10/16/2011 5:09 AM |
The sustained, beserking, mauling style of the Pit Bull affords plenty of "Hero" opportunities.
Nearly every week, someone is saved by neighbors, police or a passerby.
California seems to be stuck on stupid with 39 Pit Bull fatalities and hundreds of terrible maulings.
If these were mountain lion attacks, the Governor of California would have the National Guard mobilized, wiping them out.