Florida Dad Shoots Dog, Retrieves Boy’s Pinky Finger

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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An 11-year-old Bradenton boy had his pinky finger bitten off by the family dog this week. The boy’s father then shot the dog multiple times to retrieve the finger, Manatee County Sheriff’s office reported.

The boy approached his around 6 p.m. Friday night, sticking his hand through the slots of the cage door to pet it. The dog then bit the boy’s left hand, severing his pinky finger and possibly breaking his forearm.

His father removed the dog from its cage and shot it several times, killing it. He retrieved the pinky from the dead dog’s stomach while he waited for paramedics to arrive at his home on the 5200 block of 22nd Street Court East.

There is no word on how exactly he managed to recover the little finger or if it was reattached to the boy’s hand. The boy was airlifted by Bayflight helicopter to All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg. His condition was not specified.

Deputies said the "preliminary investigation supports the father's accounts of the events, and it appears to be an accident."

No arrests were made. Neither the boy’s or his father’s names were released.

Manatee County Animal Control took possession of the dog’s remains. The breed and age of the canine were unspecified.

Sources: Herald-Tribune, Central Florida News 13