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Jogger recalls dog attack: 'I thought I was going to die'

Justin McMillian said he was attacked by three dogs while on his morning jog in Vancleave Monday. (Photo source: Justin McMillian) Justin McMillian said he was attacked by three dogs while on his morning jog in Vancleave Monday. (Photo source: Justin McMillian)
(Photo source: Justin McMillian) (Photo source: Justin McMillian)
Cuts to his hands and legs are the only visible injuries he sustained while on his morning jog down Paige Bayou Road.  (Image Source: WLOX News) Cuts to his hands and legs are the only visible injuries he sustained while on his morning jog down Paige Bayou Road. (Image Source: WLOX News)
Within minutes, a neighbor who lived directly across the street heard the commotion, called 911, and came out to help.  (Image Source: WLOX News) Within minutes, a neighbor who lived directly across the street heard the commotion, called 911, and came out to help. (Image Source: WLOX News)
VANCLEAVE, MS (WLOX) -

Justin McMillian was on his morning jog near Paige Bayou Rd. in Vancleave when things took a sudden, violent turn. Officials say three pit bulls broke out of the fence where they were being kept and attacked him.

" I thought I was going to die"  Vancleave man recalls frightening moments during pit bull attack

McMillian's injuries could have been much worse. Cuts to his hands and legs are the only visible injuries he sustained while on his morning jog.

“They came out and started being aggressive toward me. They weren't attacking me yet, but they were being aggressive toward me,” said McMillian.

McMillian said he slowed down to a walk, attempting not to provoke the dogs, but then a third dog came from behind the fence, and that's when the attack started.

“One of them actually bit my hand just for a second, and he let go. Then, he grabbed on this one. This one is the swollen hand. He grabbed on, and he wasn't letting go,” said McMillian.

At that point, McMillian said he began fearing for his life.

“The whole time I'm screaming in the middle of the road, ‘Please, somebody help. Somebody help,’” said McMillian.

Within minutes, a neighbor who lived directly across the street heard the commotion, called 911, and came out to help.

“I was terrified. It was really traumatic for both of us, I think,” said Audrey Locklear.

Animal control captured the dogs and took them to the Jackson County Animal Shelter. Locklear has lived across the street from the dogs for four years and said she is relieved.

“We won't be scared to go take our trash out to the road or check the mail and letting the kids out to play,” said Locklear.

As for McMillian, he doesn't plan to give up his jogs, but he plans to take more precautions.

“I'm really happy, because it could have been a lot worse. I honestly thought, before the lady come out, that I was going to die. When I go run, I'm going to take something with me. It ain't going to happen again,” said McMillian.

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