Thursday, September 25, 2014
Man dies from pit bull attack
By SUE WATSON
A Benton County resident, from Sexton Road, died Sunday after being attacked by pit bulls early Saturday, according to Marshall County Sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
David “Puddin” Glass Sr. was attacked by a number of dogs while walking home on Sexton Road. He was found in the ditch by two individuals, a mother and son, in the early morning hours Saturday, according to Benton County Sheriff Arnie McMullen.
He said Benton County is full of dangerous dogs and has no ordinances dealing with dangerous animals.
The sheriff said it was common in Benton County for residents to walk a distance from one house to another on the road at night.
Glass was airlifted around 6 a.m. to the Regional One Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn., after being found just before daylight, McMullen said.
The owner of the pit bulls was arrested and charged with manslaughter (culpable negligence) and released on $25,000 bond, he said.
McMullen said he and his deputies rounded up three pit bulls at the house of Eric Hodges on Sexton Road. Later he and deputies went back to Hodges’ residence and picked up three more pit bulls found chained to trees at the house, he said.
McMullen said dog attacks are rare in Benton County and he could not remember a similar incident of this nature ever happening. But he said there are lots of pit bulls in the county.
“Everywhere you go, they’ve got them chained to something behind the house,” he said.
The dogs are being held by the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department in a secure kennel.
McMullen said he will attempt to get samples of human blood from the animals to be sent for analysis to seek evidence linking the animals to Glass’s attack.
Patricia Glass, the ex-wife of the deceased, said David Glass Sr. visited her on Friday night a few hours. He was dropped off by a friend and picked up by a friend later at about 12:30 a.m. Glass said medics on the scene estimated David Glass Sr. had been attacked about 1 Saturday morning. He lay in the ditch opposite the house where the pit bulls were located possibly four hours, she said.
She said David Glass Sr. was severely bitten by the dogs. He apparently had protected his face with his hands, but had lost an ear, she said. Additionally, his arms were bitten multiple times and the main arteries in both arms were lacerated. He was also bitten multiple times on the legs and all over his body, she said.
Glass said her ex-husband was likely dropped off at Sexton Road and Highway 7. The Hodges house is the first house on the left at the corner of the intersection and her ex-husband lived in the second house on the right, she said.
She thinks he ran to try to get away from the dogs and got tangled up in the grass in the drainage ditch directly across from the Hodges house.
Glass said her ex-husband was friends with everyone along the road and likely the dogs knew him as well.
“It is nothing for us to walk from a neighbor’s house in the night,” she said.
Glass held a press conference with Memphis television stations Monday. She had been married to David Glass Sr. for 19 years. The couple have three children, Germaine, 19, Marietta, 22, and David Glass Jr., 24.
“He was extremely loved and will be truly missed,” Glass said.
Brittenum & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for David Glass Sr. His funeral service will be held Saturday, Sept. 27, at 11 a.m. at Sandhill MB Church in Lamar.
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