Victim in ICU
Paradise Township, PA - In a developing story, a pet pit bull severed the hand of its owner. Police found 48-year old John M. Venezia lying in his hallway unconscious with his hand bitten off. State police shot and killed the pit bull when it lunged at an officer trying to give aid to Venezia. The victim was taken by ambulance to Pocono Medical Center where he remains in intensive care. There is no question that had police not arrived when they did, Venezia would have bled to death.
"A 48-year-old Monroe County man had his right hand severed by a pit bull dog in his house Tuesday morning, according to state police at Swiftwater.
Trooper went to check on John M. Venezia at his home at 1730 Red Rock Road in Paradise Township after he didn't show up for work Tuesday morning.
When they arrived around 8:45 a.m., a state police news release said troopers found Venezia lying unconscious and his "right hand had been bitten off by a pit bull dog in the house."
State police shot and killed the dog when it lunged at a trooper trying to provide medical assistance to Venezia. Venezia was taken by ambulance to Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, where he remains in the intensive care unit, according to state police."
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