CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — A father who protected his little girl from a dog attack is now walking us through how he kept her safe.
The young father, Tyshawn Bibbs, 28, told Channel 2's Matt Johnson that the attack never should have happened but he's glad he was there to protect his little girl.
One of the dogs is back with its owner, and the hope is that this doesn't happen again.
“It was a scary moment. Very scary,” Bibbs said.
The father said he was prepared to die as two dogs mauled him in his own driveway earlier this month.
“There was a moment in time when I was like, ‘This could be it,’” Bibbs said.
He told Johnson that he was prepared to do anything to keep the dogs away from his 3-year-old daughter Madison.
“As long as I’m in front of her, let them come at me,” Bibbs said.
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The father said he was preparing to take Madison to the store Oct. 6 at around 10:30 a.m. when he says a bull mastiff and a pit bull showed up on his driveway on Flamingo Drive in Jonesboro.
“When the dogs started growling, I put her behind me just like this, and I’m backing away and that’s when they lunged,” Bibbs said, showing Johnson how the incident unfolded.
He says the dogs bit his legs, arms and fingers.
“She’s crying still. She didn't know what was going on,” Bibbs said about his daughter.
He told Johnson that he started to lose the feeling in his legs.
“I’m just about to lay back, but then I looked at my daughter like, ‘Gotta keep going, keep yelling out, trying to yell out,” Bibbs said.
His next-door neighbor picked up Madison until the dogs' owner showed up to call off the attack.
Clayton County police cited the owner and put down one of the dogs, which had gotten out of a backyard.
Weeks later, Bibbs struggles to walk and has been out of work since the attack.
“You don’t know your courage until you’re faced with a situation where you have to protect your child,” Bibbs said.
The father told Johnson that he drives a forklift for work and is eager to get back to work as soon as possible.
He has set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for expenses until he can return to work.