Pit bull attacks Knox County woman

KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Angela Garrett's finger was nearly torn off and she suffered gashes to her leg after a pit bull named Bob Marley attacked her. Garrett said she found Bob Marley and another pit bull trying to dig their way under her fence Saturday. The dogs' owner, James Powers, lives up the street and came after them, but it was too late.

"He bit me twice in my hand on my finger and at this point I'm saying, 'Please get him away from me.' I'm trying to remain calm. He bites me twice in my leg and knocks me back onto my car," she said.

Garrett went to the hospital and said recovery will be a long process. She said she's never had problems with either of the pit bulls before, but others have.

"I saw that one dog kill a neighbor's cat," said Garrett.

Chloe the cat was 13 years old. Owner Kristy Lund said she didn't stand a chance against Bob Marley.

"She was an indoor-outdoor cat and she was outside. And they had just been roaming the neighborhood apparently and gotten out and got a hold of her. Of course, she was an old kitty so she had no ability to get away from them at that point," said Lund.

Lund said ever since, she's been worried about her son and her dog playing outside. Garrett is worried too:

"I don't want it to happen to anybody else. If it would have been a small child, that dog would have killed that child," said Garrett.

Other neighbors said they've had trouble with the pit bull for years and recently watched it kill another dog in the street.

Tyler Powers, James Powers' son, doesn't deny it. He described Bob Marley:

"He's a baby at heart, but when he gets around other people he gets scared and tries to bite them I guess," said Powers.

He admits Bob Marley should never have been allowed to run free. Animal Control took both pit bulls away and Powers said Bob Marley will most likely be put down.

Garrett said she's not sure whether she'll press charges. Right now, she said she's focused on recovering.

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