Police investigate three separate pitbull attacks in Holly Hill

Police investigate three separate pitbull attacks in Holly Hill

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Anthony Lewis said he was attacked by two pitbulls. Anthony Lewis said he was attacked by two pitbulls.
Anthony Lewis said he was attacked by two pitbulls. Anthony Lewis said he was attacked by two pitbulls.
HOLLY HILL, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Anthony Lewis was riding his bike home from work just before 6 a.m. On Friday when he said two pitbulls came out of nowhere.

"I just heard a big growl!  Next thing I knew, a big gray dog grabbed my leg and threw me off my bike.  The other dog came and grabbed my arm and he would not let go," he said.

A man in a truck happened to be driving by and stopped to help Lewis.

"He reached out into his trunk in the back and grabbed a bat, and he just started swinging," Lewis said.  "As of today, he's my guardian angel! Trust me!"

Six stitches later, Lewis is happy to be home. 

Holly hill police said there were two other pitbull attacks.  One man who was walking to work on Ridgewood around 5:30 a.m. was bitten on his arm and both legs.  Cheryl Thomas heard his screams and ran to help.

"He said, 'God please help me! Somebody! I've just been attacked by pitbulls!'  His clothes were torn and he was bleeding," said Thomas.  "I said, 'Hold on sir, I'll call 911!'"

The third victim was walking on State Avenue, just a block from where the other attacks were reported, when he was bitten. He is in intensive care at Halifax Hospital.  Police said the dogs were in a fenced in yard when they found a weak spot and broke free.

We talked with the owner of one of the dogs who said he has never had a problem with his dog before, but he said he was also dogsitting a friend's dog.

"I'm sorry. I really didn't mean for this to happen. Dogs got out," he told us.

The dogs are at Halifax Humane Society and are expected to be euthanized.

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