US dad Luis Brignoni Sr shoots dog that eats his son's finger

Updated: 02 Apr 2013
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April 02, 2013: A Florida man shot the family dog after it bit off his child’s finger and swallowed it whole.
 
A quick-thinking Florida father shot one of the family's dogs and retrieved a severed finger from its stomach after the animal attacked his son.
 
Fernando Brignoni, 11, was patting the Malamute-wolf when it bit down on his pinky finger and refused to let go.
 
The young boy's brother tried desperately to fight off the dog which eventually released Fernando from its grip and ran off, but it had bitten the finger clean off.
 
"I just grabbed anything I could find on the floor, and I grabbed the stick and I hit the dog in the head," Luis Brignoni said.
 
Fernando’s father Luis Brignoni Sr tracked the dog down and shot it before the family searched desperately for the missing finger.
 
"So I start cutting her open and they're helping me look for the finger inside the stomach," he said.
 
Fernando and the finger were airlifted to hospital but extensive nerve damage meant doctors were unable to reattach it.
 
"You know, he might be missing a finger but his other four are good," his dad told WTSP. "He still has four fingers to do everything that he can do with five."
 
Police investigated the incident and ruled it an accident.
 
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