A 62-year-old man named Francesco Bove was viciously mauled and almost killed by two pit bulls in The Bronx, New York. He was heading to church when the uncontrolled dogs suddenly broke free from their owner and began attacking him.

The helpless man can’t do anything but lie on the ground while he was savagely mauled by the dogs.

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The owner tried to break the attack but her ferocious pit bulls were unstoppable.

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Onlookers then came to help and desperately intervened to stop the attack.

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They managed to help Bove but the dogs began attacking other men.

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The attack was so dreadful that a priest started giving him last rites. “I told him I feel like dying,” he said. Bove underwent five hours of surgery due to the severe wounds he suffered including two big chunks taken from both arms and an ear torn to shreds.

Despite the vicious attack, the man has remained positive during his recuperation and even joked to his son that at least he wasn’t attacked by a lion.

dog attack5Meanwhile, the pit bulls’ owner has been arrested for eight counts of assault and two counts of reckless endearment. She will remain in jail until she set a $35,000 bail, while her dogs were taken to a city Animal Care and Control facility and expected to be euthanized.

Though badly injured, Bove has shown compassion for the pit bulls as he said, “I’m so sorry that they’re going to be put down.”

Watch the horrendous attack below. Warning: Viewers discretion is advised.

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Dogs are man’s best friend but sometimes they can be deadly like a wild animal.

Via: Unilad