The incident occurred about 11:15 p.m. Saturday at a home in the 2000 block of 14th Street Northwest, when the man walked into the house and the dog "charged him," the report says.He told officers the dog was biting his hands and arms, and he believed the animal was trying to bite his neck, said Capt. John Sherwin. The victim estimated that the dog, which was described as a pit bull, was on him for about five minutes.
The man's wife tried to pull the dog away, the report says, and the animal bit at her, too, leaving scratches and superficial bites. She screamed at the dog, which then went and laid down, Sherwin said.
The couple voluntarily turned the dog over to animal control, and the man went to the hospital, where he underwent surgery to repair his injuries, the report says.
The owners said the dog "just snapped," something that had happened once before, after the animal delivered a litter of pups.
The dog needs to be quarantined for 10 days, an animal control employee said this morning, but it remains unclear what will ultimately happen to the dog.