RENSSELAER, N.Y. (WRGB) - A Rensselaer dog owner is facing charges after his dog bit a man on the Fourth of July.
Police say the owner is charged with an unlicensed dog and attack upon a person.
Victim Eric Bentley says the dog was running toward two children and he stepped in front.
“A piece of my arm was on the ground. I couldn’t image if that was a 10-year-old or a 12-year-old,” said Bentley.
Bentley showed us the bite. He says it ripped right through his R2D2 tattoo.
Bentley says after the Albany fireworks, he was walking back to his car with his wife and two children when a PIT BULL just came running towards the kids.
“My wife threw my son across the street and I stepped in front of the other kid. The dog was headed for those two children,” said Bentley.
The attack happened at the corner of Lansing and Partition.
Police say the dog wasn't on a leash, which is required when a dog is outside its home in the city.
“I’m sure he was spooked by the fireworks, that would have been my case, don’t bring your dog outside in fireworks,” Bentley said.
CBS 6 also spoke with a witness.
Justin Caywood lives near the dog, and sent a letter to the mayor's office, expressing concerns after seeing the attack.
"His children were here, they were screaming. It was like a collective scream off like 40 people at once,” said Caywood.
"The owner of the dog had to get on top of the dog, wrap his arms and legs around him and choke the dog out to get the dog off of me," Bentley said.
Bentley says he was taken to the hospital where he underwent surgery. Police say It appears the dog owner grabbed the dog’s collar, but that the dog wiggled out of it.