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Decatur man kills pit bull with bare hands, authorities say

By Chris Paschenko
DAILY Staff Writer 340-2442

Attacked by a pit bull while riding a motorcycle, a Decatur man fought off the animal and killed it with his bare hands, authorities said.

Lt. Dennis Hughes, a police spokesman, said Monday that Tommy Nesmith went to his brother's home on Norris Mill Road on Sunday.

Nesmith, 52, and his brother Mackey Nesmith witnessed a white man with a long-looking face drive by and dump a pit bull from the cab of his truck, Hughes said.

"The dog immediately ran and chased after Mackey's dogs," Hughes said, "and then disappeared in the woods."

With his wife Janet as a passenger on his motorcycle, Nesmith left his brother's house about 12:15 p.m. and the pit bull charged, Hughes said.

"It bit him on the left pants leg," Hughes said.

"As Tommy struggled with the pit bull, he was forced to lay the motorcycle down on its side."

Nesmith suffered multiple bites and scratches on both arms and his wrists, Hughes said.

He grabbed the dog by its ears, and turned it onto its side.

"His wife called 911 from a cell phone, and emergency services were dispatched," Hughes said. "Tommy was forced to choke the pit bull to death with his own hands to cease the attack."

Janet Nesmith suffered a shoulder injury when she fell from the motorcycle, Hughes said.

Tommy Nesmith received treatment at Parkway Medical Center, Hughes said.

An officer broadcast a description of the truck, a black and white, 1967 or 1968 long wheelbase with no tail gate and mag wheels, to authorities in Decatur and Hartselle.

As of Monday, police hadn't found the truck.

Attempts to contact Nesmith weren't immediately successful.

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