LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A retired fire captain who was the victim of a pit bull attack got his chance Thursday to thank the Glendora police officer who saved his life.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports Milford Fonza thought he was going to die as two pit bulls mauled him on his morning walk on Monday.

“My arm was broke, I was bleeding profusely from my face, my stomach, my hand,” said the 67-year-old Fonza. “I had no more strength to keep fighting.”

That was when Glendora Police Officer Matt Fenner moved quickly against one of the dogs that had temporarily stopped its attack.

Fenner struck the dog with his squad car and then exited the vehicle before opening fire on the animals.

“I yelled to Mr. Fonza, partly to see if he was OK and also to get the [second] dog’s attention off of him, and then I fired at it,” he said.

Fonza and his family had tears of gratitude for Fenner and even a little laughter as police presented him with an new engraved 5-foot walking stick so that he can safely continue his morning walks when he fully recovers.

Comments (5)
  1. dan says:

    Pit bull are not ideal pets…do not have one as a pet. You are asking for trouble. Destroy it before it destroys you.

  2. dan says:

    All dogs that bark between 9.00 pm and 9.00am should be locked up and the owners put in jail….for not shutting up the damn dogs…I hate the damn barking…and the low life owners who do nothing about it….

    1. lori says:

      I agree with you. Once my dogs start barking( and if they keep barking) after 9 pm, I put them in the garage for the night and let them out at 7:30 am. 9 am is a little late for me.(we’re up by 7 everyday).

  3. JR says:

    I hope that LA follows up and starts fining owners of barking dogs. Dog owners need to check out this site. gotbarking.com