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Tuskegee Mayor Fights, Kills Pit Bulls That Attacked Him

October 19, 1988

TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) _ Mayor Johnny Ford was attacked by two stray pit bulldogs while jogging behind his home Wednesday morning and took refuge in a tree for 2 1/2 hours before a passer-by came to his aid and shot the dogs with a pistol.

″I battled them with my hands and feet by using karate kicks as best I could to keep them at bay,″ Ford said. ″The dogs were so vicious they momentarily turned on each other and that gave me time to get to a tree.″

Ford said he was bitten on the legs, arms and hands. He was later treated at a hospital and released.

″I’m OK,″ Ford said. ″I’m not bitten up that bad. The most important thing is they were not rabid.″ He said the dogs were tested by a local veterinarian after they were killed.

Ford said after the dogs were shot he beat them with a limb until they were dead.

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