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UPDATE: Dog owner cited after attack

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Updated: 9/12/2013 3:56 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Joseph Trammell is listed in good condition Thursday at UF Health after police say he was attacked by two large dogs.

It happened Wednesday afternoon on Kentucky Street on the northside.

Samuel Rivera and his children were enjoying an afternoon outside, when he heard commotion a few doors down.

"Oh, he was in pain. He was, my goodness, he was screaming for help, Bloody Mary. He wanted help right away," said Rivera.

Police said two large dogs somehow got out of a fenced yard and attacked Trammell as he passed by on a scooter. JSO says the dogs were American Staffordshire Terriers.

"They were shaking him around like a rag doll," Rivera said.

Action News is told a neighbor rushed out to help with a gun.

"I heard the gunshots. And then everything just went quiet," said Rivera.

Police said that neighbor killed one dog. A JSO officer shot and killed the second after they said that dog charged at them.

Rivera said those dogs have gotten out before and he's always been fearful for his own family.

"They've actually come close to the fence walking down the street. That could have been me. That could have been my kids," he said.

Police said the dogs' owner, Justin Hall, wasn't at the house at the time of the attack.

Action News reached out to the organization Pit Sisters to find out what responsibilities that owner had. Jen Watson said regardless whether it's a pitbull or a poodle, if the dog is left alone without a leash and it attacks, the owner is responsible.

"Something has to be done. They have to be held accountable," said Rivera. "Dog owners should be more responsible. Especially with that type of dog."

According to JSO, Hall received two citations for not having rabies shots, two citations for dogs running at large and a citation for an animal attack to the victim.  He does not face criminal charges.
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