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Jogger Attacked By Pit Bull Wants Tougher Laws

Joseph Finley lost his left foot after two pit bulls attacked him at Rainbow Beach Park on Jan. 2, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

Joseph Finley lost his left foot after two pit bulls attacked him at Rainbow Beach Park on Jan. 2, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — One year after a pit bull attack that left a South Shore jogger near death, he is still recovering–and urging tougher laws for pit bull owners.

“Basically, I shouldn’t be alive,” said Joseph Finley, 63. “There were things going on that they didn’t think that I was going to make it.”

Finley lost his left leg in the pit bull attack last Jan 1.

Recovery, he says, has been a day-by-day process.

“The mental state of not wanting to accept that my leg wasn’t there anymore,” he said.

Finley says owning a pit bull is comparable to owning a gun.

“People who have licenses to carry guns, they have to show proof that they are mentally stable and know how to use those guns,” he said.

“Well, people who have these pit bulls, a lot of them don’t know how to take care of a pit bull. They don’t know how to be responsible owners.”