Man collapses after witnessing pit bulls attack horse

Man collapses after witnessing pit bulls attack horse

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by RAD BERKY / NewsChannel 36

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WCNC.com

Posted on February 4, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 4 at 6:52 PM

MINT HILL, N.C. -- A Mint Hill man collapsed after seeing two pit bulls attack a horse Tuesday afternoon.

It was the second time in 10 days that 63-year-old Bill Williamson had reported those two dogs attacking the horse.

When officers arrived, Williamson was lying on the ground, unresponsive. His adult sons were kneeling next to him and told police that Williamson had just collapsed and had a history of heart problems.

Police used CPR and an automated external defibrillator to revive Williamson. He was taken to the hospital and released less than 48 hours later.

On Friday, Sgt. Dan Forster dropped by Williamson's house to see how he was doing.

"I feel a whole lot better," Williamson said. "My feet are in the right position."

An automated external defibrillator is inside each Mint Hill police squad car and each officer is trained how to use it.

"I'm just glad we were there to help him the best we could," said Officer Keith Mickovic, Forster's partner.

Williamson and his wife, Kathy, were happy too.

"Thank god you got a defibrillator in your vehicle," Williamson said.

The dogs that attacked Williamson's horse are being held by animal control officers, pending a hearing. Williamson's horse was not seriously injured.

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