Skip to comments.Victim describes beating away pit bulls with beer bottle
Posted on 07/22/2010 7:34:49 PM PDT by Chet 99
Updated: Jul 21, 2010 1:31 PM PDT
By Jamel Major - bio | email
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Kevin Stringfellow will never forget the frightening attack by two pit bulls he suffered Tuesday as he walked from a neighborhood store.
"I saw two dogs coming toward me, and started grabbing me and biting me real hard," he said Wednesday.
Two pit bulls latched on to him, leaving 52 holes in his arm. The dogs even left holes on Stringfellow's pants.
"One of them was just tearing my arm up," he said. "The other dog was biting me on my leg. I thought I was already dead cause I never had a pit bull bite me."
Stringfellow had to use an empty beer bottle to fight for his life.
"I'm telling them get away from me. Get away from me. Found a bottle and started hitting them real, real, hard," he said.
Unfortunately, not everyone who was attacked by the dogs was as lucky as Stringfellow. William Parker, 71, had a heart attack and died after the dogs attacked him. Parker, his daughter, and two paramedics were also bitten.
The dogs belong to Bernard Humphrey, a resident of an apartment complex on North Manassas who was arrested Sunday after police discovered he failed to update his address for the sex offender registry. A girlfriend was left to care for the dogs after Humphrey was taken into custody.
"They shouldn't have those dogs in these apartments in the first place with all these children walking around here," Stringfellow said.
Stringfellow considers himself lucky, despite a unfortunate tragedy.
"I thank God," he said.
The dogs remained locked up Wednesday at the Memphis Animal Shelter.
What’s so unusual about biting holes in his pants?
Too bad he wasn’t able to put a couple of 38 caliber holes in these mutts.
i realize i may have to be clearer...there’s only one pit bull on the page to which that link (http://www.pbrc.net/misc/PBRC_find_the_pitbull.pdf)directs.
Trashy dogs and trashy people, hope the POS spends the rest of his days paying on the court settlement. But maybe the tax payer will get lucky and bubba his cell mate will settle the debt.
All trash all the time.
Given the circumstances, I'd have to be careful to not put a hole in my femoral artery. Might be preferable to a couple of these monsters working on you while you're on the ground.
Gimme a beer and watch this!
“all trash, all the time”
whad it iz?
Since pit bulls seem like such a sub species of dog, I think one should have the right to raise them for food.
Just a modest proposal.
I fear dogs like this every time I walk my dog.
I carry chemical mace + pepper spray, but I’m not sure if that would be enough.
Buy a gun
Carry a gun and use it.
Oh, I’ve got 5, including two pistols. However, I don’t have a license to carry, and I am not sure that I would want to fire my gun in that situation with my dog being present and close as well as being surrounded by houses in the neighborhood.
Minus the whole not having a carry permit part, you’d rather die/be mauled than cause a commotion or scare your pup?
Sounds like you need a permit and some practice, also for close in a Taurus judge with birdshot would fix any attacker and be fairly safe at distance, for your neighbors or whatever
No, no, not at all. What I’m saying is that if a dog attacked us, I’m quite certain my shepard would get involved. At that point, I’d not want to fire for risk of hitting my best friend.
Beyond that, if I were to miss my target or a bullet ricochetted and struck an innocent person, that would be something I couldn’t live with.
+ 1 on that...
also. screaming the word “OFF!!!” really Loud works well, especially if you put your favorite expletive before it... and behind as well...
but, I digress...
a well placed bullet is most effective...
Definitely need a permit, though I’m a good shot, very well practiced in that regard. As far as the Taurus Judge goes, I have the Taurus Tracker .44 mag, and I would not want to fire that weapon in the neighborhood at all.
I’ve been looking at the S&W Thunder Rancher .45 acp revolver here lately, with that round being much slower than the .44 mag round.
Taurus Judge .410....
or maybe plain ole Bear Spray.... might kill the poor puppies and really get you into trouble...
A walking stick made of 3/4 black iron pipe will work. I smacked a doberman, across the head with a shovel once, when he tried to bite me. Last person he ever tried to bite.
I was thinking about getting some bear spary as well.
When I walk the dog on the bike path, it is possible to encounter both stray dogs as well as black bears.
At that point though, I would want to have my .44 mag ready to go. I haven’t been taking the dog on the bike path here lately though, being that I don’t have a pistol permit.
Heck, that is not a bad idea at all.
are you able to get one?
Yes. I’ve got the phone number of a former marine who runs a permit class here in florida. No dount I would be able to pass that, I just haven’t gotten around to doing it for some reason.
You would be better off with a gun,,,
If you can’t do that a squirt bottle full of ammonia will
keep them off of you,,,
That as well as pepper gas can blow back on you in the
You could try callin’ the cops and your local Animal Control
but they have proven worthless here...
gunshow ccw course and an application to the fl department of agriculture gets you a shall issue permit good in 32 or so other states
Find the “owners” and shoot them as well....
I would carry a walking stick, it will look just like a normal walking stick but is instead a shark powerhead or bang stick.
Pitbulls are like miniature lions. They should be outlawed. I don’t care if the owners are nice or nasty, these animals have aggressive genes and there’s no stopping them.
You don't have to buy another handgun to get a slower round. Just use .44 Special loads in your .44 Mag.
Heh, I’ve got about two boxes of specials left over that I completely forgot about. I guess after I started firing magnum rounds through the weapon, I just never went back to the special round.
Thanks for the post, I had completely forgotten about that capability.
If he really did beat them away with a beer bottle, they weren’t that determined and not that dangerous.
imo, for defense against a pitbul(or any mean dog), best thing is a long thin knife...like a cane sword or a little smaller. A large switchblade stilletto. Plunge straight down between the shoulderblades while it’s biting your dog. No loud noises. No crowds attracted to you. No need to call the cops. The pit will yelp, let go, run away, and die somewhere else approximately a block away. Finish your walk and go home.
I'm hoping that it is possible to obtain a taser, legally or illegally. Our family pet at 40 pounds and with a "wus" personality would last seconds against a vicious dog, and I have one close by. It's a rottweiler I call Cujo for obvious reasons, and in the past, on several occasions he has actually tried to exit through the wooden fence retaining him.
I want to make sure that any confrontation between us is as unequal as possible -- in our favor.
The dog is an attack dog, but I refuse to be intimidated into abandoning the use of our neighborhood common areas out of fear.
54 holes in his arm and "not that dangerous?"
are you dense? He might as well been beating them away with a cellphone. Neither are effective weapons. 54 punctures is only about 6 bites. Notice there’s no mention of tears or rips.
No, the dog was not very determined.
“Pitbulls are like miniature lions. They should be outlawed. I dont care if the owners are nice or nasty, these animals have aggressive genes and theres no stopping them.”<<<<<<<
People who generalize are ignorant. I don’t care if they’re expressing their opinions, these people are inherently flawed and there’s no convincing them.
I would consider reporting the owner for harboring a vicious dog, which is a crime in some states.
Several hundred years ago when I was thirteen I was attacked by two dobermen pinchers (I’m sure that’s not spelled right). The saw me when they were about 40 yards away and immediately started running at me. I knew my only chance was to show them no fear. I just stared at them and somehow kept from being scared. They were running as fast as they could but when they got about 10 yards away they both suddenly skidded to a halt in the gravel. They just stood there for a moment and then slowly walked off. I was very lucky.
You would rather be attacked by a dangerous dog than carry a gun? You really need to re think that. Until you get some practice with your gun you could carry a can of wasp spray and you can blind them when they are still 20 feet away.
What a stupid post.
Wanna go to the range with me and see how well I shoot?
Nevermind, just keep your advice and take a friggin’ hike, pal.
A two year old boy was killed by his family’s pit bulls yesterday, about three blocks from our house.
There should be some kind of education program for people that want to keep dogs that have such strong jaws and necks. I don’t blame the dogs, I’ve never had any problem with any dogs, but you do need to have some understanding of k-9 behavior.
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