Man Attacked By Pit Bulls Feared For His Life

A Kinston man is recovering after he says he was attacked by two Pit Bulls.

L.H. Clemmons says the attack happened last week when he was taking trash to his truck.

The dogs, owned by a neighbor, clawed at the man's face and he ran towards his home fearing for his life.

The dog named Max, the one believed responsible for the attack, is now in the hands of the S.P.C.A. Clemmons says he was attacked by his neighbor's white pit bull as well. He says the dogs got loose in the front yard.

"I tried to talk to him and get him back up. Finally the white dog lunged at me and hit me upside the head. Hit me upside my head and it was a hell of a lick."

Clemmons showed WITN how the dogs knocked him into his brick wall and spun him around. He says he was finally able to muster the strength and make it to the safety of his home.

His neighbors have several dogs including Pit Bulls and hunting dogs. They say their dogs have been attacked by the Clemmons family in the past.

"He had his reasons. Why is that? Well, he's been sprayed with cans, whatever, shot with a b.b. guns and hit with a cow teaser," says Matthew Peyton. Peyton's brother owns the two dogs in questions and has decided to move.

Clemmons maintains no one in his family has attacked his neighbors dogs. He's just happy to hear Max won't be back.


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  • by Pit Owner Location: KINSTON on Apr 29, 2009 at 06:35 AM
    Don Wallace: I do not care how much money you have or who you are. You aren't as special as you think. To all others who are demeaning ALL pits just because of their brothers and sisters: I own a 1 1/2 year old pit bull that i rescued from my local SPCA and he is the sweetest and most lovable dog I have ever owned. He plays with my niece and my grandmother's chihuahua. This is a dog that is scared of his own shadow thanks to his previous OWNERS who TRIED to TRAIN him to fight and be aggressive. He is a bigger baby than my niece. Also, furthermore, I personally know Mr. Clemmons and have been to his home and see these dogs before they moved. This pit has run at the fence at me before and I have NEVER done anything to this pit. As I said I own a pit and am not scared of the breed, but the pit in question does scare me. It is now living in my neighborhood and I surely hope that I see it out of its fence and anywhere near my yard. He WILL NOT be returning home again.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2009 at 06:12 AM
    people say "my dog wont bite" but if any animal have teeth then they are liable to bite anyone.dogs have their reasons to attack and dont attack without means.so something triggered this dog to do this.unless this dog is naturally mean.which i doubt.
  • by DB on Apr 26, 2009 at 09:53 PM
    1850's it was the bloodhound, WWII it was the doberman (nazi) pincher, a few summers ago sharks threatened to shut down all the beaches, now after Mike Vick pit bulls are poised to eradicate the human race. Looks like the media has found a new darling. Meanwhile, people are shooting up nursing homes, killing their families, and using internet classifieds to commit all grades of crimes..... People are way more dangerous than those dogs. All you folks that fear for your children, I'd be more concerned about the people living around me and less about the dogs.
  • by Angela Location: Kinston on Apr 26, 2009 at 09:11 AM
    I just wanted to let everyone know that "Max" is not a bad dog. I have had my 6 month old around him and he is just a very loving dog. He is a very friendly dog. I beleive the dog attacked the man is because he keep picking on him. The only time a Pitt will attack someone is when he is train to attack someone. I have owned a pitt myself. My Pitt thought he was a lap dog. It just depends on how you raise the dogs. And that is on any breed of dog.
  • by Sara Location: Charlotte on Apr 25, 2009 at 09:20 PM
    For the uneducated, who react out of nothing but fear, (as ignorance breeds fear), this breed is not naturally human agressive, however, they were bred for their strong will and ability to never give up. Had this been a case of an actual "attack", this man would have a hell of a lot more than scratches to show for it. Knowing this breed VERY well, I can only pass on that it is belittling of your intelligence to believe the media hype surrounding what used to be, (& should still be) one of the most trusted American dogs.
  • by William Location: ENC on Apr 25, 2009 at 07:47 AM
    I don't think WITN has SCRATCHED the surface on this canine caper.
  • by anonymous Location: nc on Apr 25, 2009 at 07:12 AM
    Don Wallace---go do your thing. You have my vote. So mote it be.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Apr 24, 2009 at 05:24 PM
    LOLOLOLOL@ onewhoknows .. dang did I upset you? That dog must have hit you too. So the dog roughed the man up enough where he needed plastic surgery? ...And if I have something else to say.. let you know so we can talk? ...LOLOLOLOL I think I just got threatened. Some of you people are crazy!
  • by Wouldn'tUlike2Know Location: Wilson on Apr 24, 2009 at 05:15 PM
    I think you should look at the history of pitt bulls, what they were originally breed for and how they have been breed for over the centuries. also a lot of different types of dog breeds fall under the pitt bull breed. in reference to the man attack, this man was seriously hurt. would you have preferred the news have shown you the gapping hole in his jaw for your children to see, so that you would believe him and what he said. He has had surgery and will need more. I know this man personally and I call him a friend and i have the upmost respect for him. It's funny to me that people don't believe something until it happens to them.
  • by Don Wallace Location: Washington on Apr 24, 2009 at 05:11 PM
    Very well. THAT IS ENOUGH. I have heard quite all I am willing to hear about this matter. I come from a very old and established Washington family; we have money, power and influence. I HAVE DECIDED TO BAN VICIOUS PIT-BULL TERRIERS FROM NORTH CAROLINA! They are horrible menaces to the populace, and should be eradicated immediately. My precious little Teacup Poodle Fluffykins cannot even go potty in the yard without trembling for fear of his life because of MENACING PIT BULL TERRIERS in the neighborhood. I have contacted PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, GOVERNOR BEVERLY PERDUE, and SENATOR MARC BASNIGHT and have demanded that they see to this matter immediately. A TOTAL BAN on all PIT BULL TERRIERS will now be enacted in NC. Those of you who own these vicious beasts are to IMMEDIATELY TURN THEM IN FOR EUTHANIZATION, and pay the $100 Nuisance Animal Eradication fee to your local sheriff when you turn the animal in. If you do not, they will be shot. I am DON WALLACE. I have spoken; SO MOTE IT BE.
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