Dogs attack man and responding officer in Salisbury

by: Eric Philips Updated:

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SALISBURY, N.C. —

A man with Down's syndrome and a sheriff’s deputy are recovering after a dog attack.

The separate attacks happened within an hour of each other on Plum Tree Drive in Salisbury.

Channel 9 reporter Eric Philips spoke with the victims and the dogs’ owner who claims they were just protecting her property.

“The dog just come out of the blue and jumped on me quick,” said Bradley Johnson.

“I didn’t see nothing but blood and I was crying. I didn’t know what had happened,” said Janie Barber, Johnson’s mother.

Johnson, 37, who has Down's syndrome and lupus, showed Channel 9 his scars from the attack Friday night.

He was outside his Salisbury home caring for his own dogs when he said his neighbor’s two dogs, Perinese-husky mixes, attacked him leaving punctures all over his legs, back, stomach and neck.

His mother said she heard a commotion outside.

“I tried calling him, but he said, ‘Mom, I couldn’t get to my phone because they just kept eating me,’” Barber said.

 Johnson said he had just finished putting water in the dogs’ water bowls using a hose. He was in the process of winding it up when the dogs came at him and jumped on him.

“Honey, it tears my heart up,” Barber said.

She called 911 and her other son.

When Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Myers arrived, he went to close the gate on the porch where the dogs live.

“He was already on my leg before I could even react,” said Myers.

Both dogs attacked Myers.

Johnson’s brother arrived just in time to fire several shots into the air, scaring off the dogs.

“It’s hurting. It feels a little bit better now though,” Myers said.

The dogs’ owner told Channel 9 she has an electric fence and it all started because Johnson trespassed onto her property.

“My dogs never leave my yard. That happened right her. I watched it,” said the dogs’ owner.

Animal control officers said Johnson was not trespassing.

“She wasn’t no more concerned about him or the officer, she was concerned about her dog,” Barber said.

The dogs are being quarantined at Animal Care and Control.