Caught on camera: Four pit bulls attack Escambia County, Fl. man's German shepherd

Caught on camera: Four pit bulls attack Escambia Couny man's German shepherd

A man in Florida says his German shepherd was viciously attacked by four pit pulls - and it's all on camera.

Not one, two, or even three, but four pit bulls can be seen charging onto Mike Ruzicka's property off Chiquita Drive on Wednesday.

The pack quickly turns their attention to Ruzicka's 7-year-old German shepherd, Nadia.

"They tore her ear almost off," said Ruzicka. "Her neck is lacerated; her head is lacerated."

Just a few feet away, Ruzicka's two-year-old son was playing in the backyard. He knows that day could have had a very different ending.

"It keeps me up at night," said Ruzicka. "I can't stop thinking about it. It's horrible; just the thought is horrible."

Despite Ruzicka punching the dogs, they don't let Nadia go. It's not until a neighbor runs over, and hits them with a 2x4, that Nadia is able to break free.

Ruzicka says it's not the first time these dogs have attacked. He called Escambia County Animal Control, but says nothing has been done. While our camera was rolling, officers pulled up.

Ruzicka told us the dogs belong to a man who lives around the corner. We went to the house and found Jamichael McCants. He agreed to let us see the dogs in his backyard.

McCants says the dogs usually stay in their runs. The only reason they were out on Wednesday is because the area was flooding during the storm.

"What do we do now? Put them to sleep?" asked McCants. "We shouldn't have to – like what sense does that make? It's not his fault, it's not her fault, it's not her fault... It's not their fault that they're put in situations. So, we just feel like the best thing we can do is make the best out of the situation."

This isn't McCants' first run-in with animal control.

"We have already had a few dogs taken away, they said they want to put them down," said McCants. "My children did not take that well."

John Robinson, from Escambia County Animal Services and Control, confirms there have been several calls to McCants' address in the past. Now, another 'dangerous dog' investigation is underway.

"The dogs will probably be brought to the shelter until a determination is made on their danger level," said Robinson.

Robinson says that could take about a week.

"If they're declared dangerous, then we make a determination of whether they'll be released to the owner on restrictions that are set by state statute and county ordinance," said Robinson. "Or whether they would just be required to be euthanized."

If it were up to Ruzicka, he would choose the latter.

"These dogs were ripping my dog apart from four different angles and they were wagging their tails while they were doing it," said Ruzicka. "If that's not dangerous, I don't know what is."

Nadia was stitched up by a vet and is recovering.

A spokesperson for the county confirms all four pit bulls have been taken to the Escambia County Animal Shelter for a 'dangerous dog determination' and McCants has been issued several violations.

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