William Mote, like 90 percent of his neighbors who live on Greenwood Road, enjoys walking every day. They walk to the church at the end of the street and then around the church building, utilizing the large parking lot.
According to Mote’s granddaughter, Erica Tarpley, her 8-year-old son walked with the victim the day before the attack. Tarpley said her grandfather was walking toward the church at about 3:30 p.m., Jan. 3, with his back to the car lot where the dogs were kept, when the unprovoked attack took place.
One of the dogs was brown and the other white. The white dog was the bigger of the two. When they attacked, the brown dog went for Mote’s leg and the white dog his hand and arm.
Tarpley said the only reason her grandfather survived was his neighbor, Marissa Buice, turned on Greenwood Road from Gray Highway and saw him being attacked. She honked her horn and opened the passenger door screaming for the victim to get in the car, which he was eventually able to do after freeing his hand from the white dog’s mouth.
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