TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Blood dripped down the cabinets.
"They were within a minute of killing me," said John Bakker.
But the bloodshed was not caused by people.
"It was like trying to grab a chainsaw that was going wild,"said Bakker.
This was caused by pit bulls. Two to be exact, that viciously ripped into Bakker, as he took out his recycling Thursday afternoon. His next door neighbor had left his back gate open. Two pit bulls were out of control.
"I could see this arm right here was all torn up," said Bakker. "The flap of skull was down where I could see it in my eye."
A neighbor driving by managed to distract the dogs. Just enough time for Bakker to find refuge. Speckles of red inside the home lead to pools of blood in the kitchen.
"I was going to wash some of the blood away," said Bakker. "There was just too much, and I couldn't do that."
The injuries were severe. Bakker was losing blood and lots of it. The dogs bit into his head, ripped off his bicep down to the bone and tore through his fingers. His wife couldn't believe it.
"I kept thinking, I hope he's alive when I get there," said E.J Bakker.
Paramedics rushed John to the hospital, but the dogs were still on the loose. A neighbor called 911. TPD found the dogs in an alley. The pit bulls charged. The officer opened fire killing them.
"It really is a nightmare," said E.J. "I still can't believe it happened."
John tells 9OYS he feels lucky to be alive. His feelings for pit bulls forever changed.
"They're doing what comes natural," said John. "And that's what they were doing, a sneak attack and trying to kill me."
The pit bull's owner is facing a half dozen misdemeanor charges including 2 counts of no dog license, 2 counts of no proof of vaccination and 2 counts of biting animal.
9OYS reporter Marcelino Benito tried talking to the dogs' owner Friday. But he did not open the door.