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Posted on 02/10/2011 6:59:10 PM PST by DogByte6RER
SAN DIEGO -- Two small dogs have been quarantined after one of them chewed a couple of toes off of their elderly owner early Thursday, investigators said.
Police received an emergency call just before 5:30 a.m. from the man's caretaker. The caller said he found the victim lying in bed amid blood-soaked sheets at their home in the 200 block of West California Street in Mission Hills. The caretaker then discovered that his roommate was missing three left toes and that one of the men's two small dogs had blood on its snout, SDPD spokeswoman Andra Brown said.
Paramedics took the man, who seemed confused about how he had suffered the injuries, to a hospital. The victim -- whose right leg and one of the toes on his left foot had been previously amputated -- suffers from neuropathy, a type of nerve damage that has left him with no feeling in his remaining foot, the roommate told police.
Police filed a bite report with San Diego County Animal Control. After speaking with the caretaker, Animal Control officers placed the two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels under quarantine at the house, department spokesman Dan DeSousa said. The dog's owners did not want the animals destroyed, so they are being monitored to see if either develops signs of rabies, DeSousa said.
DeSousa said he had never heard of a case where dogs had gnawed off someone's toes before, but he said fatal dog attacks are relatively common.
"Accidents happen all the time, and in most cases we'll never know why, because we can't talk to the dogs," DeSousa said.
Adult protective services caseworkers will look into the living arrangements at the home and decide whether an intervention is necessary, Brown said.
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A just plain sad story.
Dogs just wanted a few mo' men toes.
And just how dumb is this person, damn dogs kill people all the time.
I thought that photo looked like a King Charles spaniel. They are usually pretty well behaved.
Yeppers, remember this dog?
“Dogs that bite are not ordinarily lavished with praise, but Jerry Douthett’s little dog Kiko is being hailed as a lifesaver.
Kiko apparently sensed an infection festering in his master’s right big toe — and chewed most of it off after Douthett passed out in a drunken stupor.
A trip to the hospital confirmed Douthett’s digit required amputation, and Kiko is being heralded by his owner for helping him realize he has been suffering from Type 2 diabetes. Douthett had a dangerously high blood-sugar level of 560 when admitted — many times the recommended 80 to 120.”
Yep ... Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
I suppose that they are pretty well behaved only when they are well fed.
A cat would never do this
Hungry dogs got some tofubar. Man got toe fubar.
Ive been visiting a friend in a nursing home, and those dogs would take everything off below my pal’s knees, given the chance.
I absolutely remember that story. I bet this old man had some sort of infection which dogs can smell and sense.
These dogs could be hero’s for all we know. The people investigating this case might need to know about the previous story so they dont euthanize two dogs that might actually have helped the guy.
A seasoned EMT once told me that when (usually old) people die in their homes alone, pet cats often eat parts of them, whereas dogs will invariably guard the body and starve alongside their owners.
I am essentially a dog-lover, and have always been sort of indifferent to cats.
I suppose this story proves the EMT’s claim false...
Except that I also happen to be rather indifferent to the smaller breeds (with the exception of Westies and other like-breeds), specifically chihuahuas and teacups of just about any kind. They often seem slightly psychotic to me.
I remember that story. Most dogs are not going to just chew off their masters toes unless they sense something wrong.
“Dogs just wanted a few mo’ men toes.”
How do you think these things up???
Little dogs have a bad habit of preening their owners.
Maybe the little dog was just preening it’s owner of rotting flesh.
I agree... little dogs also love to preen their owners.
Everytime my husband walks through the door, our small 10# dog starts preening his feet as soon as he sits down. The dog does not care if my husband is wearing shoes, just socks or bare feet. It goes on for about 10 minutes or more.
The dog nibbles with it’s small front teeth, as if it is cleaning and preening my husbands feet.
This happened a few months ago where a man had complications in his feet from diabetes. His dog gnawed some of his toes off also.
The nibbling that dogs do on their owners is a sign of love an affection. I think they think they are nibbling fleas.
That was my first thought.
Horrified —> sudden burst of laughter = near heart attack, thank you very much.
Taste like Vienna sausages.
“Little dogs have a bad habit of preening their owners.
Maybe the little dog was just preening its owner of rotting flesh.”
I was thinking more like debriding it’s owner of rotten flesh. The elderly often have poor circulation in their toes which leads to open sores on the toes or necrosis of the toes. Dogs will tend to wounds by washing to clean the wound and biting to debride it. A dog’s form of nursing care is not the best kind for a person. God bless the poor man. A dear elderly family member of mine recently passed due to complications stemming from circulation problems with his toes.
Yeah, it doesn’t seem the nature of dogs unless there was an issue.
I wonder why the elderly man didn’t realize; as the caretaker/roommate “discovered” bloody sheets, blood on the dogs muzzle at 5:30 am.
Obviously the caretaker didn’t get the story from the elderly man— he never said he heard a scream or was told what happened, he deduced what happened.
Is the owner paralyzed? Was he medicated so strongly that he didn’t feel it? The victim/owner is cognizant enough to declare he didn’t want his dogs destroyed.
I wonder more about the caretaker...
It is a sad story all around.
His feet were likely numb from some variety of neuropathy, diabetic probably. He was bedridden for a reason. Circulatory disease, toes were likely in bad shape. As someone pointed out earlier, the dog didn’t chew off healthy tissue and it isn’t likely that it was trying to hurt the man. Sad story. It took some time to do that, where were his caretakers?
Maybe the dog got confused because just the previous eventing, the old man gave him some baked goods...
They would just scratch your eyes out
It’s right there in the excerpt.
Don’t give dogs too much credit.
It’s not philanthropy (”sensing something wrong”).
It’d be simply something they’d want to eat (”hey, this smells yummy”).
I was remembering that too.
That it is, I flat out skimmed right over that line. Thanks...
He was parked in a toe-away zone.
The dog was responding the the chemical scent of dieing flesh and probibly thought the the victim was being attacked by something in the toe.
I have seen other reports where one’s dog alerts to something wrong in the individual and barks at it.
Toes were numb?
Toes were NOM!
At least it wasn't a poodle's lips, now....
I have 2 cavalliers. That picture looks just like my Stuart. I can’t imagine them ever biting me, let alone eating my toes.
Wrong, we have a friend whose estranged son died and whose body was undiscovered in his house for 10 days, his cats ate his body.
The pre-eminent FR dog-hater is heard from.
Are you Vick’s agent or som’n?
I’ve never owned a pit bull, and I do currently own a Cavalier, but I feel a need for some devil’s advocate:
If this had been about a pit bull...the comments would not have been about loving dogs attempting to remove rotting flesh, preening or whatever...it would have been “put that monster down ASAP”.
Anyway, my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is not a Blenheim, so my toes are safe tonight. :)
If you damn house cat weigh fifty pounds he would call you lunch. If you don’t think a dog will eat you, you have a small brain problem.
ohmygosh...someone I know???