Stray dogs are roaming the streets in one Macon neighborhood. Today, one young man was the victim of a vicious attack.
19 year old Samuel Battle describes being attacked by a stray pit bull as a blurred memory. "It happened real fast, I didn't know it happened at first."
Sam says he was walking through an empty lot near Robinson and Lawton road. He says, the dog came out of nowhere and lunged at his face.
"It just jumped up and grabbed my lip."
It nearly tore off his mouth. His grandmother, Marian Battle, says when she arrived at the emergency room, her grandson was in shock. "His lip was completely torn here, and this part was just hanging."
Although Battle's seen several strays roaming the streets of her neighborhood, she fears her grandson may not be the last victim if the problem isn't solved. "I think the worst could have happened had they attacked one of the smaller children out there."
Battle sees children, and the homeless animals every day.
"Every time you leave home, most times you've got to stop or slow down for several dogs before we get to the intersection at Napier Avenue. "
This is the first attack the Battle's ever experienced, but for this family, and their neighborhood, it's one too many.
"We need to find it so it doesn't bite the little kids out there," says Sam.
Battle says she called animal control this morning. They did come out to check the scene, but they didn't find the dog who attacked her grandson. She says she will continue to fight this issue, until all the dangerous dogs are off the streets, and her neighborhood is safe.