Whitman: Man attacked and injured by pit bull

Whitman police had to draw their weapons in defense against pit bull that attacked and injured a Whitman man on Monday.

Whitman Fire Lt. Al Cunningham says they received a call that a young pit bull had attacked a 20-year-old male resident of 555 Harvard Street at around 2:30 p.m. Monday. Cunningham says the dog belonged to a friend of the victim, and had been brought over to the victim’s house for a visit when it attacked him.

The man had severe bite marks on his right forearm, and paramedics treated him inside the house while they waited about ten minutes for animal control to remove the pit bull from the yard. In the meantime, police officers surrounded the animal with their guns drawn.

“The dog had blood all over its face from attacking the victim. For their safety and our safety as first responders, we needed gain entrance to access the house and treat the victim,” said Lt. Cunningham.

“So, that was a necessary thing to do, and we didn’t want to leave the house with the victim until the dog was taken by animal control.”

The man was taken to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton. Lt. Cunningham says he does not believe there have been any charges filed against the dog’s owner.

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