A Ghent man was airlifted to Albany Medical Center on Wednesday evening after his dog bit him in the face.
Robert Hubbard, 42, of Ghent, was attacked by HIS PET PIT BULL at his house just after 7 p.m. He was conscious and talking at the scene after the incident, according to state police.
Wes Powell, the dog control officer for nine towns in Columbia County, including Ghent, said he was at Hubbard's home and called his injuries “severe.”
Powell said he spoke with Hubbard's nephew and believed that Hubbard had tripped over the dog, which then turned around and bit its owner.
The dog was secured at Hubbard's residence after the attack, according to state police.
Powell said Hubbard returned home from the hospital Thursday but he was unable to speak due to surgery on his facial wounds.
Powell has worked as a dog control officer for 33 years in Columbia County and has dealt with minor dog bites, as well as attempted dog bites, but nothing as severe as what happened to Hubbard on Wednesday, he said.
Powell said he has only dealt with one dog that had to be put down, a incident in New Lebanon where the canine's death was court-ordered.
Because the dog's owner was the victim Wednesday, it is up to Hubbard to decide the fate of the dog. If he decides to put it down, it will be done by the Columbia County Department of Health.