Pit bull attack victim clings to life. Dog will be destroyed
Reporter: Craig Smith
TUCSON, AZ (KGUN9-TV) - The family of man attacked by his pit bull mix is speaking out and saying the trust they once had with their dog has been broken and that will cost the dog its life.
Meanwhile, the man attacked is still clinging to his.
In a news conference at University Medical Center Michael Cook's son Nicholas said, "We're going to euthanize this dog because he hurt my dad and there's no way I'm going to love this dog again."
But Nicholas Cook says the pit bull-labrador mix the family called Butch had always been gentle and loving with people, though he was inclined to fight with dogs if he felt threatened.
Cook thinks Butch may have attacked his father because the dog had just been neutered, and the pain killing drug either left him in pain or affected him some other way.
Cook says, "The rumors between us being pit bull fighters or something like that, we are not. We love animals, we don't do cruelty to animals. I loved my Pit Bull. He was a big baby. He just happened to flip at the wrong time, you know?"
This attack was originally thought to be a matter of Michael Cook breaking up a fight between Butch, the pit bull mix, and another family dog.
Cook's son now believes the other dog got involved after Butch was already on the attack and that the smaller dog, a mini pinscher, was trying to protect the man.
Michael Cook's family says he's still critical, with terrible injuries, too sedated to talk. He seems to be improving, but also seems to be reliving the attack.
Nicholas Cook says, "They were doing the prayer, my dad starts shaking like this like he's still being attacked by the dog; got really emotional for me, that's when I started breaking down."
The family hopes for the community's prayers to build on their own, and they hope for blood donations, to replenish the blood bank for everyone, after Michael Cook needed more than 60 pints to stay alive.
The victim's sister, Toni Cook Sweet says, "It doesn't matter what the blood type is, there's only so many people we know so we ask you to spread the word to please go to the Red Cross, not to the hospital but to the Red Cross and donate what you can when you can to replenish the blood site for the city of Tucson because if another situation arise or God forbid another type of trauma, they won't have enough blood so we as a family are asking."
If you would like to donate blood you can call the American Red Cross at 1-800-Red Cross or visit them online at www.redcross.org/arizona.
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