Victim Tells His Story
Gastonia, NC - Michael Quinn was mowing the lawn at a house when he saw that Zeus -- a pit bull in the neighbor's yard --had snapped his chain. The animal attacked instantly. Quinn said he struggled to drag the dog to the front of the house, to where, "someone might hear my calls for help." He said, "For every foot I drug him, he drug me back half a foot."
He said the attack lasted about 10 minutes with the dog trying to get at his neck. He tried hitting the dog with a tool, but the flathead screwdriver did not stop the animal. Quinn was able to wrap the dog’s chain around a pole long enough to retreat to a tool shed. The dog snapped at a loose board there. "I could see his eyes, and every time he locked eyes with mine, he was trying so hard to get inside the tool shed," Quinn said.
Quinn is the second victim Zeus has attacked.
Zeus snapped at police and firemen who arrived to help. Finally, someone rolled a car onto Zeus’ chain and Animal Control grabbed the dog. The dog's owner said hearing about what happened was like a bad dream happening all over again. The dog owner is still paying the fines for when the dog attacked someone visiting his house. He said he will have his dog fixed, erect fences and do anything to bring Zeus home again.
North Carolina dog law favors dog owners. Dog laws, however, are often a combination of state, county and city laws. We hope the City of Gastonia helps Quinn and ensures that this dangerous dog is put down.
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