Pit Bull Attacks Owner
Mesa, AZ - According to Mesa police, an 18-year old named Raul went inside his home to get a video game for a friend when his pit bull, named Chico, attacked. "The 18-year old suffered severe lacerations to the face. "We got him out of the apartment and he was transported to Scottsdale Memorial Hospital," said Mesa Police Sgt. Dan Butler. Police said that initially, the victim was so traumatized by his appearance, he told officers to shoot him.
A pit bull attacked his young owner in Mesa on Friday, slashing the man’s face, police said.
Friends of the victim described sounds echoing through their apartment complex that are the stuff of nightmares.
"I just heard growling. I heard him say, 'Stop it,'" said Darrin Keser.
"Cops everywhere, ambulance," said Malynzo Cofey.
According to police, an 18-year-old man named Raul went inside his home to get a video game for a friend when his pit bull, named Chico, attacked.
"The 18-year-old suffered severe lacerations to the face. We got him out of the apartment and he was transported to Scottsdale Memorial Hospital," said Mesa Police Sgt. Dan Butler.
Police said that initially, the victim was so traumatized by his appearance, he told officers to shoot him.
The victim’s father was also in the apartment at the time of the attack and initial reports from police were that the two got into a verbal fight that riled the dog.
However, officers said they were having trouble confirming that.
"We don’t know where the father is at this particular point, so we’re still looking for him to get some kind of statement as to what happened ," said Butler.
Darrin Keser identified himself as the friend who wanted to borrow the video game.
He said Raul always treated both of his pit bulls well, but Chico was known to have a temper.
"The dog does get vicious at times, and I heard the dog growling and then I heard Raul saying, 'Dad,'" said Keser.
Officers at the scene said the victim will most likely need multiple reconstructive surgeries to repair his face.
The attacking animal was taken to Mesa Animal Control. The family has not yet decided if Chico will be put down.
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