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Man Who Was Attacked Hopes Pit Bull Will Be Put Down

LONGMONT, Colo. (CBS4) – A man released from the hospital after being attacked by a dog in Longmont is hoping the animal gets euthanized.

The attack took place on Thursday in the 1000 block of Grant Street.

Juan Figueroa told CBS4 he was at his home on Thursday when he went to take his sister’s pit bull from outside and into his kennel.

Juan Figueroa (credit: CBS)

Juan Figueroa (credit: CBS)

The dog, a 5-year-old blue nosed pit bull named Dallas, jumped on him.

“I pushed him off, he then just growled at me,” Figueroa said.

Then it attacked, grabbing hold of Figueroa’s jaw with his teeth. The two wrestled to the floor with Figueroa trying to minimize the dog’s movements.

“He just didn’t want to let go and I knew if I let go of him he was going to tear the bottom of my lip off,” Figueroa said.

Knowing the dog wouldn’t let go, Figueroa cut off the dog’s air supply. A few minutes later the dog released him.

Figueroa now has dozens of stitches on his face and jaw.

He said his sisters had the animal since it was a puppy and had never shown any signs of aggression to him before.

“I love the dog. I loved the dog,” he said. “The dog was a good dog.”

Figueroa is quick to say it’s not a breed problem, as he has been a pit bull owner his entire life.

“They are really beautiful dogs and can be very loyal,” he said.

Figueroa said that perhaps because the dog was not neutered he had a moment of aggression.

It’s a moment he hopes never happens again.

“I hope the dog gets put down,” he said.

The dog will be in quarantine for 10 days because it has one other case on its record of aggresive behavior. Once the quarantine is over, the family will decide if it will be euthanized.

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