Chews Off Owner's Toes
Lexington, KY - In a case that brings back Jameille Jennings, a paralyzed child whose foot was gnawed off by a pit bull puppy, a paralyzed man was rushed to the hospital after he woke to find his pit bull had gnawed off parts of his toes, police said. Terry Smith awoke to find that his pit bull puppy, China, had "chewed off" four toes. He was taken to St. Joseph Hospital. The dog was taken by Lexington Animal Control, who said that Smith could also "home quarantine" the dog.
Tim Cantrell, who has been temporarily staying at Smith's home, said he saw the blood on his friend's bed that morning. He realized upon closer inspection that Terry's toes were no longer on his feet. During an interview Tuesday, Cantrell sat on Smith's medical bed with blood-stained blankets. Smith has been paralyzed from the waist down for several years; a nurse checks on him once a day. Sadly, no full toe digits were recovered. China ate Smith's toes down to the joint.
Lexington Animal Control took the dog, China, into quarantine.
Smith may be allowed to take China into quarantine at his home, animal control Chief Nathan Bowling said.
"The animal appears to be in great health, and we have no reason to believe there's any kind of abuse," Bowling said.
Tim Cantrell, who said he is temporarily staying at Smith's home, said he saw the blood on his friend's bed Tuesday morning.
"I realized upon closer inspection that his toes were no longer on his feet," Cantrell said.
Cantrell said Smith has been paralyzed from the waist down for several years. A nurse checks on Smith once a day.
During an interview Tuesday, Cantrell sat on Smith's medical bed with blood-stained blankets.
Cantrell said he'd picked up several pieces of Smith's toes that day, but no full digits were recovered. He said China ate Smith's toes down to the joint.
"It's not aggressive at all," Cantrell said of the dog, who is about 5 or 6 months old. - Kentucky.com
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