TAMPA, Fla. — A 4-year-old poodle is recovering after five dogs bit and attacked him during an evening walk in Seminole Heights.
“He has holes and deep ones throughout his body, especially his head, neck, feet and tail,” said Brian Choate.
Brian Choate said he was walking his friend’s poodle, Kuro, last week when the attack happened.
“I saw one dog come firing at me and that dog happened to be a Pit Bull Terrier,” said Choate.
Choate said he was fortunate neighbors came out of their homes and one had pepper spray.
“Finally, a man came out with some pepper spray. He started just unloading that bottle onto the faces of the dogs,” said Choate.
Choate was also bit by the dogs while he was trying to break up the fight.
“I found my way home, couple blocks away. I carried Kuro home and was trying to call 911. I could barely see my phone,” said Choate.
Officers took the dogs to Hillsborough County Pet Resources after the owner surrendered his animals following the attack. The dogs are in quarantine.
Kuro’s owner said she has more than $5,000 in veterinary bills. Kuro had surgery after suffering from numerous bite marks. He is on medication.
“I would implore people, do not just leave your house with man’s best friend, a leash and a plastic bag. That’s not enough. I learned the hard way,” said Choate.