UPDATE: Pit Bull Attacks Hospitalize Two Teens 9/23/13
KOSA CBS 7
September 23, 2013
Monahans, TX - Family members say the students' only fault was being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
To many people in Monahans, the 1000 block of Third Street is a busy area
Neighborhood children play, students commute and school athletes go for runs.
The Junior High School is located just four blocks away.
To 13-year-old Josh Gomez this was a routine day.
Josh's family says he walks this road everyday without problems but Monday morning he was attacked by two pit bulls
Police say a woman saw the attack and used a stroller to beat the dogs back.
Josh was rushed The Medical Center Hospital in Odessa were he underwent surgery.
Josh's sister Chastity Gomez showed CBS 7 many graphic pictures of the aftermath as she explained her little brother’s description of the attack.
"My brother has a disability in his arm and cannot move it,” she said, “Only fighting with one arm of course the pit bulls really got him and dragged him to the ally."
Moments later, a second attack happened. Police say this time the victim was a runner with his Cross Country High School team. The student was able to escape and was taken to The Ward County Hospital where he was treated and released.
The pit bull owner Daniel Meza did not respond to questions but he posted on FaceBook:
"I visited both kids and I am very sorry for what happened. I have had pits since I was 15 years old and this has never happened."
"He and his wife came and said they were sorry, gave his Nintendo DS that he'd lost, and showed him love,” Chasity Gomez said.
Meanwhile, Josh, a dog owner himself, says his attackers need to be put down for everyone's safety.
"He said I love dogs but can you ask them to kill those dogs,” his sister said, “Because they would've killed me."
According to a statement from the Monahans Animal Control charges are pending in this case.
"Joshua is out of surgery and everything went well and is looking good so far," Chasity said on FaceBook. "He has another surgery scheduled for Thursday, so please continue to have him and our family in your prayers."