Shadyside man hospitalized after an attack by his own dog


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    A Shadyside man was hospitalized after being attacked by his own dog.

    Shadyside police said the man's Australian Shepherd turned on him, leaving him severely wounded.

    "Officers arrived on scene and found a man had been mauled by his own dog,” Shadyside officer Dan Napolitano said. “He had bite marks all over his body."

    The incident happened around 11 p.m. on Thursday. Police said when the dog got into the trash, 61-year-old James Mann batted him with a Styrofoam plate. That's when the dog attacked.

    Mann was unable to call 911.

    "There was a lot of damage to his forearms. A couple lacerations were so deep that bone was exposed," Napolitano said.

    The officers said his wife found him and she called 911. He was taken by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh-area hospital.

    Police have no idea what provoked the animal to attack.

    The dog is in quarantine at the Belmont County Animal Shelter.

    There is no word on Mann's current condition.

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