Father stands by decision to shoot dog that bit his son

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Posted: Monday, April 1, 2013 6:24 pm | Updated: 9:06 pm, Sun Apr 28, 2013.

TAMPA - The recovery continues for a Bradenton boy who lost his finger to the family dog. That dog was part wolf.

There’s no doubt this is a disturbing story, but it shows just how far a father will go for his son. That's because the youngster lost a pinky finger when his own dog -- a malamute-wolf mix named “Sassy” bit it off.

It happened Friday night at the Brignoni home in Bradenton. When the boy’s father learned of what happened, Luis Brignoni got his gun, shot the animal, and then cut the dog open to recover the finger.

While some may question what Luis did, he says it was necessary. “There’s nothing that I won’t do. You don't know what you would do to protect your son, to save your son. He might be missing his finger, but his other four are good. Because God is good…he still has four fingers to do everything that he could do with five,” says Brignoni.

And after all of that, unfortunately, doctors were unable to reattach the pinky. According to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, this was an accident and Luis will not face any charges.

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  • Asian Sensation posted at 1:11 am on Sun, Apr 7, 2013.

    Asian Sensation Posts: 1

    The father is a POS and I'd like to shoot him! The animal was a WOLF!!! Wolves are wild animals and the wolf paid the ultimate price! Dogs bite and they have been domesticated over hundreds of years... Only a moron would think a wolf mix would act like a normal domesticated dog! No different than these morons that own chimps, bears and large cats and wind up getting attacked!

  • Critini posted at 6:33 am on Tue, Apr 2, 2013.

    Critini Posts: 3

    Why wouldn't you euthanize the animal? ok, he didn't exactly "euthanize" the dog, but I agree with what he did. I have personal experience of a perfectly normal, loving dog that randomly bit a small neighbor boy in the neck - missing his jugular by millimeters. That boy could have died - the parents could have sued and the dog may have bitten again. Now, cutting the dogs stomach open? I personally couldn't do it, but it needed to be done - especially if the little boys finger could have been reattached. I love my animals, but I love my child even more!

  • MBB posted at 8:57 pm on Mon, Apr 1, 2013.

    MBB Posts: 3

    I don't understand how you can have a hybrid malamute/wolf dog in a cage and explain the accident as an "attack." I also don't understand how you can discharge a firearm in a residential neighborhood to kill your own pet, when the law says you cannot discharge a firearm within 300 feet of an occupied dwelling. I feel sorry for the child losing a finger, but I also feel there are details to this story that are not being disclosed. I think the father really over-reacted. Was the dog somehow provoked??[sad]


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