The Chinese restaurant owner mauled by three pit bulls as he passed out menus in Brooklyn said from his hospital bed that he is lucky to be alive.
"They tried to kill me," Xiu Ming Li said Monday from his third-floor hospital bed at Kings County Hospital.
Blood seeped from fresh white gauze covering bite marks on his arms and legs. His right ear - where he lost an earlobe - was also wrapped in gauze.
His wife sat at his bedside, her eyes full of tears. Li, 52, owner of the Jing Lung Chinese Restaurant on Nostrand Ave. in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, said he has run into dogs before when leaving menus.
"One dog - no problem. Two dog - no problem. But three dogs?" he said. "They attacked me all over. The meat on my leg - gone. Just bone."
Li, whose family says he couldn't read the "Beware of dog" sign on Samantha Sing's yard at 155 Winthrop St., was walking up the driveway around 9:30 a.m. when Sing's 3-year-old pit bulls - Joe, Solo and Maxie Drizzle - pounced.
He bitten on his legs, arms and head.
"No one tried to help me. Two men just stood there. The lady came and pulled off the dogs," Li said.
He said Sing seemed more worried about tending to the dogs than helping him to safety.
Sing angrily rebutted Li's account, saying she, her nephew, her husband, and her sister-in-law rushed to his aid.
"Why would we stand there and allow it to happen?" she asked. "Why would we do that? He wasn't harmful."
She said the whole thing could have been avoided if Li had put the menu in her mailbox, outside the fenced-in yard.
Sing said she is very upset because she misses Joe, who died of an apparent heart attack after the mauling, and because she can't visit her two surviving dogs at the city pound.
"They have to keep them under observation for ten days. I am so hurt," she said.