Elderly man attacked by dogs sharing ordeal

January 26, 2011 8:29:20 PM PST
Retired Army Colonel Jack Cox says he survived combat in Vietnam and now at the age of 83, has lived through a life and death struggle with two 75 pound Rottweilers."This is the kind of enemy I never expect ever to see," Cox said. "I mean in combat you know you have an enemy and I was totally unprepared for the shock I was facing."

The two Rottweilers attacked Cox more than a week ago.

"I thought they were going to kill me on the spot," he said. "I would not be able to tell my kids, my grandchildren, I love you. I was going to die, lying there on a concrete driveway."

Cox is now going through physical therapy for a broken hip and severe bite wounds to his leg.

The attack happened on Windfield Court after Cox left a friend's home. He says he was walking two houses down the block to tell the dogs' owner that the animals had broken out of their pen and were running around the neighborhood. When he got to owner's home, he says the dogs jumped him.

"These two Rottweilers came out of the carport hit me head on, knocked me to the ground," Cox said.

Cox says the fall broke his hip and one of the dogs attacked his leg. Luckily a neighbor saw the attack and ran over to scare the dogs off.

The dog's owner, a Fort Bragg soldier, declined comment about the incident.

The two Rottweilers are confined at Animal Control. They are due to be released on Jan. 29, but Animal Control Director Dr. John Lauby told ABC11 he plans to have the dogs declared vicious, and they will not be returned to the owner.

Neighbors say they are relieved the dogs are gone. While his broken bones and injuries will heal, Cox says he is now scared of dogs.

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