Dad shoots dog to get son’s finger back

Published On: Apr 02 2013 10:16:20 AM EDT
Updated On: Apr 02 2013 10:22:47 AM EDT
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A Florida father said he was forced to kill the family’s dog Friday after it bit off his son’s finger.

The Malamute-wolf mix named Sassy was in a cage when 11-year-old Fernando Brignoni stuck his hand through the bars to pet the animal, according to the Bradenton Herald.

That’s when the dog bit Fernando, biting off his pinky and injuring his arm, according to the Tampa Tribune.

Fernando’s father, Luis Brignoni, heard his son screaming. Fernando’s brother couldn’t get the dog to let go by hitting him with a stick, so Brignoni grabbed his gun, according to the Bradenton Herald.

"I said, 'I've got to go find the finger,'" Brignoni told the Herald. "I got my gun and I popped him."

Brignoni then cut open the dog. He was able to retrieve the finger, but doctors couldn’t reattach it, according to the Herald. 

Manatee County’s animal control department took the dog’s remains, according to the Tribune.

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