A 76-year-old man from Waterbury was hospitalized after getting attacked by a pit bull for the second time this year.
Police said Leo Forget, who has a prosthetic leg, was knocked down and suffered cuts and bruises. He also received tetanus and rabies shots.
He was back out in his Townsend Avenue neighborhood Monday night, walking his American Eskimo dog named Pilot. Forget said Pilot was known for his beautiful white coat as well as his run-ins with another dog named Broly, a pit bull.
"I had two with him, he did it up there before with me," Forget said.
Sunday, he said he was out walking Pilot when he noticed Broly charging from a distance.
"When I saw the way he was growling and coming, I knew I was in trouble," said Forget.
He said he was also attacked in February. He said during that attack, the pit bull latched onto Pilot and knocked him to the ground. This time, however, it was more violent.
"I put him behind me and this pit bull flew over and knocked me down, and grabbed him by the head," said Forget.
Neighbors said they saw it happen and jumped in to help, even bashing Broly with a piece of wood. However, they said the dog was too strong and the wood broke.
"I took the bigger piece, and hit him again, and he released and took off down the street," said Jay McGuire, a neighbor.
Pilot was not seriously hurt.
Neighbors said it has attacked other people and dogs. Waterbury police and animal control sought the pit bull and its owner and caught up with them around the corner on Harland Avenue.
"He figured out how to open doors, he popped his head out of collars," said Robert Gatling, Broly's owner.
Gatling said he had Broly for a few years and knew the pet was rambunctious.
"He was an escape artist," he said.
That's why Gatling said he gave the dog away. He was surprised when Broly actually found his way back home.
"It was definitely an accident," Gatling said.
Both owners said they were dog lovers and did not want to see Broly put down. However, Forget said he did want the pit bull out of the neighborhood.
"I don't want anything to happen to the dog," Forget said. "I just don't want him around here!"
Broly was with Waterbury Animal Control Monday night, his fate was unknown.
Police said the pit bull could be put up for adoption if officials think he can be a suitable pet.
Gatling said it was not looking good to reclaim him and that he did not want to cause any grief to his neighbors.
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