Pit Bull Victim No Longer Trusts Own Dog, a Pit Bull
Bedford, VA - William Holland knows that not all pit bulls are vicious. His own dog, Prince, is a pit bull and behaves well. Yet William has also seen the line between dog and human violently crossed -- putting him in the hospital for nearly two months . Now he’s no longer sure where that line is. Or if it even exists anymore.
When he returned from the hospital, his wife Lois said that he didn’t come right out and say it, but our granddaughter was coming to visit me, and he said, "Whatever you do, don’t leave her alone with Prince." Lois and William have had Prince for four years, but they are now looking for a new home for him. Lois admits that so far they haven’t had much luck.
The four dogs that attacked the 62-year-old Holland on January 15th weren’t wild dogs, or even strange dogs. They belonged to his sister-in-law and typically roamed the bucolic country neighborhood off Burks Hill Road in Bedford County. “He walked past them all the time,” Lois Holland said. “We all did. They were never known to bother anybody.”
According to Lois, the incident happened when her husband was heading up to his mother’s house to have a piece of cake. On his way he passed his sister-in-law’s trailer. Moments later, the younger pair of the four dogs -- all pit bulls -- approached Holland and began jumping on him. Then, they got rougher, and the two older pits rushed in and piled on, teeth flashing.
Somehow, no one knows why, the game suddenly turned mean and terrifying. “We’ve wracked our brains trying to figure it out,” Lois said. “He’d just eaten lunch, and maybe he had a food smell on him. We don’t know, but if he hadn’t had a knife on him, they’d have probably killed him.”
Holland managed to fatally wound two of the dogs with the knife. He was left bleeding badly from multiple injuries, including a right foot that "was just about eaten off. All the tendons were showing," according to his wife.
Holland was airlifted to Roanoke for trauma treatment. Surgeons saved his foot, but they couldn’t do anything about the trauma to his psyche. Unsurprisingly, the legal and insurance issues surrounding the attack are still being sorted out. The fact that it’s all among family makes it stickier.