Sep 11, 2012 8:24 PM by Andy Koen

Pit bull attacks 77 year old at Memorial Park

COLORADO SPRINGS - A 77-year-old man was attacked by a pit bull last week while walking through Memorial Park. John Castle says he never saw the dog until it jumped out from behind him and latched onto his leg.

"He pulled my leg out from under me, swung me over on the grass and lunged for my throat," Castle recalled. "That's when I put my hand up."

Moments later, the dog's owner grabbed the animal and tried to restrain him.

"I was trying to get up and the owner jumped on top of him and was holding him, but the pit bull was actually jumping him, the owner, across the lawn to get to me," he said.

Castle managed to make it across the street near the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind where a good samaritan saw him and called 911. His hand was badly damaged and needed reconstructive surgery. He also has deep bite wounds to his shin that have become infected.

The dog owner drove off. Castle is now making a public plea for him to turn himself in so that the animal can be properly quarantined and tested for rabies.

Tonight on News 5 at 10:00, hear Castle's surprising message for the dog owner.

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