Dog attack survivor shares his story


    Jim Mann may have lost both of his arms in a brutal dog attack in January, but he hasn't lost hope.<p>{/p}

    A Shadyside man suffered a brutal attack from his own dog -- and is now an amputee.

    Jim Mann may have lost both of his arms in a brutal dog attack in January, but he hasn't lost hope.

    His positive attitude to keep moving forward is an inspiration.

    “He came here one stormy night, whimpering at the door, and my stepson is an animal lover, and we took him in,” Mann said, speaking of a stray Australian Shepherd. “He got along with the other dog fine; he was like her protector. We never had any problems."

    Until Jan. 10, when the dog turned on his owner.

    "There was like some Christmas paper, and he got into something, maybe a wrapper from a hamburger or something, so I said, ‘Harvey, what are you doing?’ I had a plastic disposal plate, and I just gave him a little swat on the nose, and he went nuts."

    Mann says the dog attacked him for 45 minutes.

    "Every once in a while, I'd play dead, and he would kind of wander off, but as soon as I moved, he was back on me again."

    When the dog finally let up, Mann went upstairs and collapsed on the bed.

    "I couldn't call anybody because my hands and arms were shredded," he said.

    He waited for his wife to get home. She called 911, and he was transported to a Pittsburgh hospital.

    "I woke up the next morning thinking my arms were just patched up, 'cause I could still feel them right now - my hands are still there,” he said. “Then my wife told me I was a double amputee, and in the back of my mind, I thought it could turn out that way. I kept my hopes up that I still had my arms, but I wasn't surprised when I didn't."

    Mann has been through a lot. He served in the U.S. Navy in the 1970s, survived a head-on collision, and beat Hodgkins Lymphoma.

    "Then this happens,” he said. “If I have nine lives, I don’t want to try for the other six. I'm good to go."

    He hopes to make progress every day. A GoFundMe page is set up for him.

    "To me, that's history,” he said. “I'm moving forward from here on out.”

    Mann is thankful for the outpouring of support through all of this.

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