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Pit Bull Attacks Fireman in Northern California

| by Denise A Justin
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Fire Capt. Martin McCarville was helping his crew assist a Petaluma, Calif., man with a medical problem on Monday afternoon, when he became the victim of an attack by the man’s pit bull, a fire official reported.

Firefighers were called to a home on English Street just before 2 p.m.

“We were inside the residence treating the patient. With no warning, a pit bull came charging through the house,” said Petaluma Fire Capt. Martin McCarville. “The dog just came out of nowhere at full speed. No barking, no warning.”

“It hit my side almost like a police dog attack,” he said.

The dog lunged at McCarville, striking his left hip. The dog then bit his left leg. The fire captain spun and got the dog off of him, but the pit bull lunged again and bit his left hand.

The firefighters hustled their original patient to safety on the porch and called Petaluma Animal Control for assistance.

The dog attack was a first for the 24-year firefighter, who joked afterward about being the dog's chew toy. “It was a little shocking,” McCarville said.

Capt. McCarville was treated at a local hospital for the puncture wounds to his leg and hand and returned to work.

The dog attack was a first for the 24-year firefighter, who joked afterward about being the dog's chew toy. “It was a little shocking,” McCarville said.

Petaluma Animal Control Officer Jason Pietsch said the dog now is under a 10-day quarantine at its home. In 2012, there had been a report about this pit bull attacking another dog, he said.

Officer Pietsch said Monday’s incident remains under investigation.

Source: Press Democrat