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Updated: 9/12/2013 3:56 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Joseph Trammell is listed in good condition Thursday at UF Health after police say he was attacked by two large dogs.

It happened Wednesday afternoon on Kentucky Street on the northside.

Samuel Rivera and his children were enjoying an afternoon outside, when he heard commotion a few doors down.

"Oh, he was in pain. He was, my goodness, he was screaming for help, Bloody Mary. He wanted help right away," said Rivera.

Police said two large dogs somehow got out of a fenced yard and attacked Trammell as he passed by on a scooter. JSO says the dogs were American Staffordshire Terriers.

"They were shaking him around like a rag doll," Rivera said.

Action News is told a neighbor rushed out to help with a gun.

"I heard the gunshots. And then everything just went quiet," said Rivera.

Police said that neighbor killed one dog. A JSO officer shot and killed the second after they said that dog charged at them.

Rivera said those dogs have gotten out before and he's always been fearful for his own family.

"They've actually come close to the fence walking down the street. That could have been me. That could have been my kids," he said.

Police said the dogs' owner, Justin Hall, wasn't at the house at the time of the attack.

Action News reached out to the organization Pit Sisters to find out what responsibilities that owner had. Jen Watson said regardless whether it's a pitbull or a poodle, if the dog is left alone without a leash and it attacks, the owner is responsible.

"Something has to be done. They have to be held accountable," said Rivera. "Dog owners should be more responsible. Especially with that type of dog."

According to JSO, Hall received two citations for not having rabies shots, two citations for dogs running at large and a citation for an animal attack to the victim.  He does not face criminal charges.
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wishmistress - 9/13/2013 1:26 PM
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Agreed on that, dixie.

dixieland - 9/13/2013 11:18 AM
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Maybe if we could have caught him on film, and took it to the police by now he would be in jail for animal cruelty and this would have happened to him. And if someone on that street would of reported these dogs out all the time, this would not have happened. My prayer are with him.

dixieland - 9/13/2013 10:52 AM
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wish: the owner of these dog are responsible. the dogs should not have been out of the yard. I don't know the owner of the dogs and I am not saying the dogs should of attack him, IN NO WAY!! I did not say the young man tease these dog. But for YEARS now I have seen him pick on animals in the neighborhood. HE is a grown man that should know better. I do believe; what goes around, comes around.(sooner or later)Just six months ago I told my husband that "one day he was going to mess with the wrong dog, and something bad is going to happen him, and I really don't want to see it when it happens." But I think because of what happen to him, now he is going to hate animals even more, and no animal in our neighborhood is safe. Hopefully everyone has their camera out, one of us will catch it on film. I have been trying to get it on film for awhile now. ANIMAL CRUELTY IS A CRIME!!!!!! What goes around, comes around.

wishmistress - 9/13/2013 2:51 AM
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dixie, I don't know any of the players in this drama, however....if this was a CHILD that supposedly 'teased' these dogs, would you still make such a ridiculous comment? The dogs were OUT. The story states that numerous people complained about the dogs prior to this. If you 'tease' a dog, it has the God-given right to react. ANY animal owner should assume that if their pet has teeth...it can bite. Bite. Not attack. A dog that attacks and continues to do so, has most likely been raised to have that reaction.

dixieland - 9/12/2013 12:56 PM
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First I pray for his recovery. But I have seen this young man pick on and tease the dogs in this neighborhood. I have caught him trying to hit my dogs with a stick, when they are behind a fenced yard. I seen him pick up a puppy and through it to the ground. I seen him kick dogs. The owner is responsible to keep the dogs in the yard. BUT I SAY KARMA JUST BIT HIM IN THE ASS!!!! Maybe our animals will be a little safer now; if he learns his lesson.

Roosviews - 9/12/2013 9:34 AM
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First, as the person from Pit Sisters said- no matter what type of dog it is, the owner is responsible. With that said, please be responsible newscasters. Were they pitbulls, or were they American Staffordshires? There is a difference. Quit using tragedies such as this to wrongly place blame on a specific breed, when it was another breed that did the attacking.

wishmistress - 9/12/2013 2:46 AM
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That is a scary thing to have happen. I was attacked years ago while riding my bicycle. If I wasn't such an animal lover, it would have been nearly impossible to get over it. Prayers for this poor man.

Fred Thompson - 9/11/2013 7:26 PM
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Kill all these "demon" dogs! til their extinct.

Gunny48 - 9/11/2013 6:24 PM
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Owners need to get out their wallets big time!
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