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Victim describes beating away pit bulls with beer bottle

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The dogs, pictured shortly before they were captured. The dogs, pictured shortly before they were captured.
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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.

Click here to watch RAW VIDEO of the dogs being captured by Animal Control officers.

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