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Father seriously injured while defending his daughter against dog

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque pit bull mix severely wounded a man after the dog – named Stitches – bit his 8-year-old daughter’s face and he intervened Saturday.

Police say they went to the family’s home near San Pedro and San Antonio NE after someone called 911, saying a child had been bitten by a dog.

When they arrived, they found the girl had been bitten on the cheek. She was treated at the house and didn’t have to go to the hospital, police said.

Officers found the father “grabbing his groin” on the couch, according to Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Simon Drobik. Albuquerque Fire Department firefighters rushed the father to the hospital. He was not identified by police.


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“When they were dealing with the father, I could tell from their faces it looked bad,” Drobik said. “I know when they get serious real quick, it’s usually something pretty bad.”

Paramedics described the wound to the testicles as a “severe laceration/detachment,” according to Drobik. He said he didn’t know what condition the man was in at the hospital and didn’t know what permanent injuries there may be.

The family had inherited the Northeast Heights home from a grandfather who had died, and one of the conditions of the inheritance was to keep Stitches. They had moved in three days ago, and Drobik said the 6-year-old dog was likely territorial and hadn’t acclimated to them yet.

The child was playing outside, and when the father yelled for her to come inside, the dog attacked.

“Any time you inherit a dog, take a time to acclimate yourself with the dog and the family,” Drobik said.

The city’s Animal Welfare Department took the dog, which was aggressive toward officers, Drobik said, likely because it was territorial of the home.

The dog will be quarantined for 10 days, he said, then possibly put up for adoption.

He said the family does not want the dog back.

Animal Welfare Department Operations Manager Joel Craig said every dog that comes through their department gets a temperament test to see if they can safely be adopted. If they are considered safe, the adopter is told about past incidents such as biting on a case-by-case basis.