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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.