Volunteer Helps Save Woman From Pit Bull Attack

Kevin Simcoe was hard at work with his team of United Methodists from Tennessee. But their home repair on Haise Street was unexpectedly interrupted Thursday, by a woman screaming for help.

"We heard dogs barking and a woman yelling. So, we looked down from the porch and saw three dogs surrounding her and weren't sure what was going on at first. And then it became clear they were after her," he said.

In a few heart-pounding moments, the trio of attacking pit bulls had the female victim knocked down in the street.

"They got her down on the ground pretty quick and were all over her. And so I had one of the guys I work with throw me the keys to our van and shot down the street."

His rental van became a rescue vehicle.

"I was driving and the dogs were over there, so she made her way around the back," said Simcoe, motioning to show how the woman jumped into his van.

"It was real quick. I just reacted. I knew I couldn't walk down there in the middle of it, cause I know what pit bulls can do. But I knew I had to do something so I saw the van and I figured I'd use the van as my weapon and my way to get her out of there. And that's what I did."

His quick action spared the victim further injury. The suspect pit bulls, picked up by Biloxi animal control, are now being held at the Humane Society of South Mississippi.

Neighbors we talked with are thankful the pit bulls have been taken away. They say this vicious attack wasn't the first incident involving these same animals.

"There's been a lot of attacking by those dogs. And I would appreciate it if you all would do something with those dogs. They might grab somebody else. And eventually they're going to kill somebody," said Haise Street resident Mary Strickland.

She told us of three earlier incidents involving the dogs going after residents.

We went to the door of the home where neighbors say the pit bulls belong. A teenager who answered said he knew nothing about the animals and no one else was home.

As for Kevin Simcoe, he'll have a dramatic story to share when he returns home to Tennessee.

"I figure God just put me in the right place at the right time. It wasn't like I had to think long and hard about it. I just did it," he said.

No charges have been filed yet. Biloxi police are still working to track down the owner of the pit bulls.

A represenative of the Humane Society told WLOX News the dogs will be held for ten days. After that, it's likely they'll be euthanized.