Pit Bull Bites off Newport Man's Nose

The following is based on reports from the Newport Police Department.

Police are still searching for a pit bull that attacked a man and bit off a piece of his nose last Saturday.

The 52-year-old Newport man was walking back from and had hot dogs in his hands when a pit bull attacked him, according to the police report. The attack occurred on Wheatland Boulevard.

He described the dog as a “large brindle colored pit bull” weighing between 60 to 80 pounds. He said the dog suddenly appeared and he could tell it wanted his food.

Before he could react, the dog lunged at him, bit him in the face and took the food. A tip of his nose was bitten off during the attack.

The also responded to the incident and treated him. The man was bleeding profusely and he was transported to the emergency room.

Police were approached by a man on Kingston Avenue who said he had found the tip of the man's nose. It was transported to the hospital where the man was receiving specialized treatment for his nose.

There were no witnesses to the attack or suspected owners, reports said.

Surrounding residents and businesses were advised of the attack and were asked to report any loose pit bulls to the Newport Police Department.

If you have any information relating to the incident, contact the Newport Police Department at (401)-440-1306.

The above reports detail arrests made by the . Descriptions of all events are based solely on police officer reports provided to Patch.

Sandy September 11, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Are you sure it was a pit bull? There are several brindle dogs in that neighborhood and, though there are many pits, many of them are boxers or mutts. I'm sorry to hear the man was attacked, but unless it is a confirmed pit bull attack I think the article should read "Dog Bites off Man's Nose."
Cara Kenefick (Editor) September 11, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Sandy - Thanks for the comment. Police reports referred to the dog in the attack as a pit bull.
Maren Salas September 11, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Very true, there aren't many fully brindle pit bulls around here. Most of them have patches of white fur. I know because I have a brindle pit and I pay attention to other peoples dogs. Btw, it wasn't my dog. I've already been questioned by the police.
Chris St Peter September 11, 2012 at 06:42 PM
I Would Bite Off A Mans Nose For A Delicious Ben's Chili Dog.
Clay Hund September 11, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I agree, but this article wouldn't be here if it couldn't say "pit bull" in the headline. If it were any other breed, or thought to be any other breed, it would not be in the news, or the headline would read "dog," if anything. Pit bull is not even a specific breed, but media plays off people's ignorance, then the public lives in fear, and people want to make stupid laws against certain breeds. The ASPCA has proven with DNA testing, that misidentification is much more common than proper identification.
Clay Hund September 11, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Before calling it a pit bull, you should know the specific breed of the dog, as there are way too many other breeds that are commonly referred to as pit bulls. You may ask, what is the big deal, but to us responsible pit bull owners that suffer from BSL, it is a big deal, because we get punished because media wants to sensationalize pit bulls. If it was a pit bull, which specific breed was it, as pit bull is 3 different breeds. If you are not 100% sure it was one of these three specific breeds, the article should read "dog," because you are really not 100% certain, and that is why the news has such a tarished reputation, and cannot be taken seriously anymore.
Cara Kenefick (Editor) September 11, 2012 at 07:58 PM
@Clay Appreciate the comments. We have reported the incident as written in the police reports. As the proud owner of a pit mix, I can certainly empathize with other owners who view the breed as prejudiced against. However, when Patch was first alerted of the incident, the breed of the dog was unknown. We would have reported it whether it was a pit, poodle, or anything in between!
frank maloof September 11, 2012 at 08:01 PM
boy those bens chili dogs are good
frank maloof September 11, 2012 at 08:03 PM
dog just wanted the hot dogs
Patrick September 11, 2012 at 08:26 PM
haha so would i chris, also i have known lots of pitbulls or pitbull like dogs who are great. That being said, there should certainly be more strict laws when dealing with such powerful and sometimes (according to owner) aggressive dogs. People should have to get certified as not crazy or lazy before they can get a dog who can easily injure someone with their powerful bite. granted a lab can hurt someone too, but a pittbull/boxer/mastif are just much stronger and can hurt people far worse.
Pamela B September 11, 2012 at 11:38 PM
I suppose the headline should have been, 'hungry dog bites off mans nose.'
Shay Dixon September 12, 2012 at 04:49 AM
So sad that "pits" have such a bad reputation. No matter what kind of dog it was as a dog owner ( 2 pits) its our responsability to keep our dogs on leashes or safely in a yard. People are just ignorant about pits and dont know all the facts, pits are VERY loving & loyal, like ANY other breed the dog reflects their owner. The guy probaly got bit by an ankle biter & didnt want to feel stupid so he blamed it on a pit, typical..
Shay Dixon September 12, 2012 at 04:52 AM
I also have to add its hard to believe that on a sat no1 saw this attack happen or a stray dog running around with a piece of a nose & a bag of bens hot dogs, very strange
Maren Salas September 12, 2012 at 05:19 AM
Yeah, I agree that it's weird that no one was in the area. How did someone find the tip of his nose but no one saw it? If I saw a piece of the tip of a nose and didn't know what had just happened then I wouldn't know what it was.
P F September 12, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Please stop the whitewash of vicious dog breeds. The so-called pit-bull and rottweiler are by far the most common cause of injury, far out of proportion to their numbers in the population. Stick to the facts: the federal CDC found 42% of bites and one-third of deaths were caused by pit-bulls alone which are a tiny percentage of all dogs. http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Pit-bulls-at-top-of-fatal-attacks-20-year-study-2660139.php
Robert E September 12, 2012 at 04:04 PM
If the dog was not caught and there were no witnesses then they really don't know what breed it was.
Jack Baillargeron September 12, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I don't know Robert, Think I would have to take the word of the person attacked however, as obviously that is what the officer worte in the Police report published. I would guess the victim said it. Just saying ;-}
Tom September 13, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Wouldn't do that for grits.
christina ricci September 15, 2012 at 12:39 AM
i agree with you all. its so sickening to hear that every mixed dog is considered a pitbull nowadays and that they have such a bad name. im a proud pit bull owner as well and it just digusts me that people are so uneducated. half of these supposed "pitbulls" arent even really pits theyre just mixed with so many different things theyre automatically classifed as them. okay, a dog bit someone no i dont think its right but people need to stop discriminating against pitbulls so much. or any breed really. especially when they arent even 100% sure.
Jolly rogers September 24, 2012 at 02:32 AM
And my girl friend was asking me just the other day why i still carry a 38 ......
Chris Christensen October 27, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Are you faster than a pit with a hankering for Chilli Dogs with a chunk of nose on the side Jolly.
Chris Christensen October 27, 2012 at 03:56 PM
If you guys do not like that the PD wrote down pit in its report from the victim then you need to carry yourselves downtown to the PD and lodge a complaint about it. Then please report back about how you were received/treated.
Chris Christensen October 27, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Patrick there are existing laws and they extend to all breeds. Walk them on a leach and keep them in the yard. If they get out and you know they can then common sense says you have to figure out how to control them to keep them from getting out. How about keep them in the house? It is the owners responsibility!


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