The dog was up to date on his shots and is being quarantined inside the Hudson Drive home where the attack took place.
Police and officials with the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society say it’s not immediately clear whether the man was in the house by invitation or not.
He has not yet filed a complaint with PAWS. If he does, PAWS will investigate to see whether the dog would be deemed dangerous under Florida law.
“The dog’s inside his own house,” said Dee Thompson, director of PAWS. “He’s doing what dogs are supposed to do. He may have misread why the gentleman was walking in his house.”
The victim was originally going to be flown to a hospital in Pensacola, but the helicopter couldn’t fly due to weather conditions.
“He got bit pretty good,” said Captain Bill Royal with the Fort Walton Beach Police Department. “When you have a facial wound, you’re going to have lots of blood.”