Man's Puppy Chews Off Four Of His Toes

A Lexington man is recovering after his puppy chewed off four of his toes as he slept.

Terry Smith, who lives on Bryan Avenue, is paralyzed from the waist down and says he didn't feel a thing.

Smith's roommate, Tim Cantrell, says he noticed blood on Smith's bed when he woke up Tuesday morning.

It appears the five-month-old pit bull mix named China, was playing with her owner's feet and ended up taking off all the toes, except the big toe on his left foot.

Cantrell says the dog is harmless and has never been violent in the past.

Smith was taken to St. Joseph Hospital for treatment. Animal control officials removed the dog from the home.

China will be in the custody of animal control officials for 10 days. After that, it is up to the owner what to do with the puppy.


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  • by russell Location: indianapolis, IN on Mar 6, 2008 at 07:16 AM
    dang that would have hurt if was not paralized.
  • by numanuma Location: maine on Feb 14, 2008 at 02:51 PM
    before i read the story i thought: 'must be a pitbull'. Yep. i guess this and a few hundred more child deaths need to happen before the breed is banned.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 4, 2008 at 07:47 AM
    More energy and effort was spent on a puppy than news reports of child rape and murder. Looks like priorities are straight. Oh, and drop a dime in the homeless man's cup on your way into PetSmart, okay?
  • by Earwig Location: Prestonsburg on Feb 1, 2008 at 09:22 PM
    We hear all sorts of weird stories here but this is one of the most bizarre things I have ever heard. Do things like this happen everywhere? I hope this man is OK.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 1, 2008 at 07:11 PM
    its just not a pittbull that could do that, any animal could have done this to someone. I have 3 dogs and 3 cats 1 inside dog and one inside cat the rest are outside. I have a pittbull biggest baby of them all. He is loveable except to chickens lmao. I had 4 chickens until he tried to play with them. I didn't get mad at him i scoled him and guess what? He don't harm any other animals to this day. He minds me very well, I can't walk very good due to an accident and this dog looks like a horse when running up to you, he minds and don't jump on me he stops right when he reaches me. You can train your pets! I don't know why this pit pup chewed off the toes, but to the ones making the coments we clean our animals and cats i even bath my cat my animals are my children they need love compassion and care just like a child and if you work with them they learn. ( and big dogs big bark make good guards. I would pick a few pits over a chiwawa
  • by Anonymous on Feb 1, 2008 at 03:04 PM
    Wait...how did the....I mean...how could the...huh???
  • by kymom Location: lex on Feb 1, 2008 at 09:31 AM
    I'm sorry, but there's a lot of comments that have been posted that are just ridiculous!If the puppy was just "teething", then it obviously wouldn't have enough teeth to chew 4 toes off!If the man had a newborn baby in the next room sleeping, and the dog went and "teethed" on it's neck, would it be ok?! There's never anything good that has came out of having a pit bull. They should all be banned! You say it didn't know any better,so that tells you that it was just doing what it's instinct told it to!Get off your stupid animal rights kick and wake up to reality! Animals are animals! When God created a mate for man, it wasn't a dog!
  • by skeeter Location: mt sterling on Feb 1, 2008 at 07:17 AM
    Whats going on here? Is this guy ok or what? Did they call an ambulance or a tow(toe) truck for this man?
  • by SR Location: Lexington on Feb 1, 2008 at 06:33 AM
    ROBOCOP .. weird comment of "not have sex in front of someone" uh, how does that relate to this story?
  • by it's a good thing on Feb 1, 2008 at 06:09 AM
    the puppy was full from eating 4 toes or this guy might not have any feet left!

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