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Escambia man attacked by pit-bull; hopes owner will come forward

An Escambia County man is recovering tonight after a vicious dog attack at a park in Myrtle Grove.
Now he fears his life is in danger, especially if the dog that bit him 16 times, can't be found by early next week.

Kenneth Ford and his dog were sitting under an awning at Meadow Brook park, when two other dogs got loose from their owner and attacked. Sending Kenneth straight to the emergency room
"This whole part of my hand is destroyed."

Kenneth Ford desperately wants the owner of a gray pit-bull that attacked him April 24th to come forward.
He has liver disease.

If the dog that bit him isn't tested for rabies by April 29th, his Doctor tells him, he must undergo rabies treatment.
Which combined with his physical condition, could be fatal.

"The dogs looked healthy, but without knowing this dog, as a precaution, I'm going to have to undergo these rabies shots."

Ford says the dog attack has him tossing and turning in his sleep.
He's contacted the Escambia County Sheriff's office and Animal Control, but it appears they're hands are tied.

"By not knowing who exactly this person was, they can't cite him or do anything."

Injuries from the attack have also hampered Ford's ability to teach and play the guitar, something he's done for the last 45 years.
"My hand is torn to pieces, I don't know if I'll ever be able to play music again."

Ford's dog, was also attacked.

Sheri Eady, Ford's girlfriend, "He suffers a broken tail, he's in pain and stressed too."

Ford hopes his story sends a message to dog owners, to be responsible, and abide by leash laws.

More importantly, Ford wants the owner of the dog that attacked him to come forward because his life depends on it.