The City of Aurora may have new support behind their ban on pit bulls after two recent attacks.
The two attacks occurred in the 1600 block of Alton Street on Sunday and Monday.
The man bitten on Monday suffered bite marks on his leg, while the Aurora man attacked on Sunday was more seriously injured.
Jose Simental was working outside on his truck when the four dogs pounced on him Sunday afternoon. He was released from the hospital the next day, but it's apparent that he's still in pain. He showed the teeth marks and described the wounds where the pit bulls ripped chunks of skin from his arm and leg.
"They bit me everywhere, see? All the dogs were trying to get me, jumping me, they got me and were biting me," said Simental.
Simental was walking away from a house where he had been working outside when the attack occurred. He said had his friend not fought the dogs with a crow bar, he may not be alive.
"People need to do something about it, take those dogs away from here because I don't want this happen to other people," Simental said.
The owner of the four dogs involved in the attack didn't want to talk, but said she is keeping the dogs for her kids, who can't house the pit bulls because of Denver's ban.
However, Simental's injuries may fuel the City of Aurora's desire to ban future pit bulls.
Carlos Marquez, who owns a pit bull, said Aurora's possible ban isn't right and would only punish the breed because of a bad few.
"To a lot of people, that is family," said Marquez. "I think lot of people see them wrong. They don't know what is in them, how they are."
For Simental, his concern now is not fighting for the ban, but fighting to get better and figure out how to support his family while he is temporarily disabled.
"I have no idea what I am going to do, I have no idea," he said.
Aurora animal control has cited the owner of the pit bulls, Antoinette Rivers, with 20 misdemeanor offenses. She faces a $15 to $1,000 fine for each count.
The man bitten on Monday, landlord Bradley Meeks, was attacked after he stopped by Rivers' home to collect rent.
All four of the pit bulls responsible for the attacks are being held at the Aurora Animal Shelter, where they will be kept until a hearing on Sept. 21. That hearing will determine whether they'll be returned to their owner or put to sleep.
On Friday, a city committee will discuss Aurora's possible pit bull ban and determine if it should move forward to the city council. Denver already has an ordinance prohibiting the ownership of pit bulls within city limits.
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