Frantic 911 call released after pit bulls attack

Posted at 4:32 AM, Feb 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-26 05:19:12-05

Deputies say a homeless man was sleeping when a pack of pit bulls started biting and attacking in suburban West Palm Beach shortly after 3 a.m. Wednesday.

The incident occurred on North Military Trail just north of Belvedere Road.

On Thursday, law enforcement released a 911 call from a man who said he heard screaming and then saw the attack. The caller stayed on the phone with dispatchers for about six minutes, until deputies arrived.

"He's screaming, he's screaming! They're killing him," he frantically told dispatchers. "Please. Please, please hurry. Please."

Palm Beach County sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene and tried to get the pit bulls off the man. They were forced to kill one of the attacking animals.  

Deputies canvassed the neighborhood looking for more of the dogs and later discovered that they were owned by a person who lived in the area. 

The owner of the dogs gave the other two pit bulls to animal control and they were later euthanized.

The victim was taken to an area hospital where he was conscious and talking but suffering from bites.