It was a terrifying ordeal for two teenagers in Southeast D.C. Both of them are recovering after being attacked in the street by two dogs.
They were relieved to hear on Friday that the Washington Humane Society has taken custody of the animals.
Daquan Cooper’s hands arms and legs are covered with dog bites and scratches. The 19-year-old says on Thursday afternoon, he was in an alley which he walks through every day when out of nowhere, two American bulldogs came charging out of an open gate. He ran from them, but at one point, fell to the ground.
“I was exhausted,” he said. “I thought I was going to die.”
He was able to get up after a few minutes, but couldn’t shake the dogs.
“I needed to fight back, do something to stay alive,” Cooper told us.
The dogs chased him across the road all the way down an alley and out to 32nd Street. He ran all the way to Alabama Avenue with the dogs still in pursuit. Cooper saw a person standing at the bus stop and called out for help.
“He was yelling, ‘Help me lady! Help me call 911!’” said the 17-year-old girl.
The dogs then turned on her. She tried to run, but fell down. She says she was bit about 20 to 25 times.
“The dogs just bit me all over the back and arm,” she said. “I didn’t really feel the pain because the fear overcame me.”
She says a Good Samaritan stopped his car to help her.
“Mr. Anthony put me in his car so I could be safe from the dog and he tried to move the dog away so they wouldn’t come and attack nobody else,” the 17-year-old said.
Police eventually arrived and were able to contain the dogs. Family members feel the two teens are lucky to be alive.
“Instead of ourselves and the other family going to the hospital, we could have been going to identify their bodies,” said Cooper’s grandmother Debra Ray.
She added, “I know people love their animals, but I just don’t think there should be a second chance.”
We stopped by the owner’s house to see if he would talk with us, but he turned and walked toward his backyard. Our camera was rolling as animal control officers and took the dogs away.
The owner voluntarily surrendered the dogs. According to the Washington Humane Society, they will likely be put down.