Elderly man hospitalized after dog attack in Groton

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Groton – An elderly man who was walking his dog Tuesday morning suffered severe injuries when he was attacked and bitten by a roaming pit bull in the area of Calvin Burrows Field.

Police said the man, who is in his 70s, remained at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries following the 8:50 a.m. attack. He suffered bite wounds to his arms and hands, and Lt. John W. Varone described the injuries to the man's upper extremities as "massive."

The man's small dog was taken to Companion Animal Hospital on Poquonnock Road, police said, where it is being treated for critical injuries.

Police said the attacking dog was taken into custody at the scene by the city's animal control officer. The dog is being kept at the Groton animal control facility.

Police said both the victim and the attacking dog's owners are residents of the South Road area. Neither party has been identified by police.

The incident remains under investigation. Lt. James Bee said the fate of dogs involved in such attacks is decided on a case-by-case basis.

Groton police, Groton Animal Control, the Poquonnock Bridge Fire Department and Groton Ambulance all responded to the scene.


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