Pit bull bites off part of man's finger


Friday, July 25
HOOSICK, N.Y. — A man lost part of his finger Monday after being bitten by his pet pit bull dog.

According to a Hoosick Falls Police release, Patrolman Peter Yakel arrived on the scene and found Joseph Phlipsak on the floor inside his apartment bleeding from his hand. Neighbor Patrick Ritter, who had arrived earlier to offer assistance after hearing the disturbance, had the dog shut up in another room while Yakel administered first aid.

Phlipsak reportedly told police that the pit bull had attacked him for no reason.

The animal was removed by Animal Control Officer Ken Colombraro and was still behaving violently when it was caught, Chief Robert Whalen said.

"It wasn't caught in five minutes, let's put it that way," Whelan said.

No one else was injured while the dog was being seized.

Whelan said there had been issues involving the dog in the past. Neighbors had reported it loose and it had snapped at Phlipsak before.

The dog had its rabies shots and all of its paperwork was in order, Whelan said. The animal was taken to a vet in Cambridge and destroyed at the owner's request.



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