A MAN had his nose ripped off in a vicious attack by his neighbour’s pit bulls outside his own front door.
Marcus Kizaza at first thought the dogs were being “friendly” as they leapt up at him on his driveway.
Marcus Kizaza had part of his nose ripped off by two pit bulls[/caption]
First responders treat injured Marcus as one dog prowls nearby[/caption]
A firefighter fends off the raging animal with a pole[/caption]
Doorbell camera footage shows the two dogs wagging their tails as Marcus arrives home and greets them with pats on the head.
His daughter – who was watching from inside – is heard in the video saying: “Hi, dog. Aw, he’s so cute.”
But suddenly they turned on him in a frenzied attack in Fort Worth, Texas.
Marcus ran down the street screaming as they mauled his face, legs and hand.
Eventually he jumped on another neighbour’s pickup truck to escape, reports local channel NBC5.
“He was yelling really loud and the dogs were really vicious,” said witness Bianca Mireles.
“We realised that there was part of his nose under our car.”
She called 911 and recorded the aftermath of the attack.
Her video shows the dogs still prowling around the pickup as paramedics began treating injured Marcus on the roof.
One dog is also seen lunging at a firefighter, who fends it off with a pole.
Bianca added: “The dogs were just trying to attack whoever was around.
“So, if you were on the ground, they were going to attack you.”
A police officer rammed one of the dogs with his patrol car and killed it.
The other was captured by animal control officers.
Bianca said: “I just saw afterward them taking the (dead) dog away in a big red bag and then them spraying the ground with water.
“We’d like to know who they belong to and hopefully, you know, they can face charges.”
Marcus spent more than a week in hospital after the attack on February 16, and is still recovering from his painful injuries at home.
He says he is too embarrassed to go out without a face mask.
Marcus told the local station: “I can’t speak a lot.
“I don’t just want people to just see this, you know?”
A third operation is scheduled next week.
Meanwhile he has been unable to work, so his family started a GoFundMe appeal to help with living costs and medical bills of $30,000.
Wife Leslie said the family is desperately trying to makle ends meet.
She said: “We still have the mortgage to pay. We still have kids to feed. So, that’s why I need to know where is the dog’s owner.”
Fort Worth police said it issued two citations for unrestrained dogs to the owner.
But family attorney Cole McNeal is pushing for police to file criminal charges, which could be followed by a civil lawsuit.
He added: “Marcus and his family have set up a GoFundMe, and we’re working on trying to spread that just to assist the family with medical bills, expenses.
“The family’s not working. They’ve incurred a lot of medical bills.”
Yesterday we told how a woman’s nose was ripped off by her boyfriend’s dog when it was startled by her teeth whitening kit.
The 70lbs pit bull crossbreed disfigured Olivia Quast’s face and mangled her arm in Connecticut, US.
Another woman also had her nose torn off in a savage attack by her father’s 100lbs dog, also a pit bull cross.
Trinity Rowles, 20, described the horror in Pennsylvania as a “near-death experience”.
Last month we reported a skateboarder’s stunning transformation after a devastating pit bull attack.
Brooklinn Khoury, 23, lost her whole top lip and part of her nose in November 2020.
Surgeons were able to reconstruct her face in a series of operations, and she showed off the results on Instagram.
Marcus Kizaza says he is too embarrassed to leave home without a mask[/caption]
His wife appealed for help paying his medical bills[/caption]