by No Dogs Allowed
Phoenix, AZ - On the evening of Sunday, August 4, 12-year-old Ismael Pacheco hung out with friends in the front yard of a bull mastiff owner. Ismael said he knew “Roscoe” the 150-lb. bull mastiff, and thought it was “friendly” until that Sunday night, when it rushed out the front door of its owner’s home to maul him.
“The dog came up to me and I thought it was sniffing me, and then I heard it snap,” said Ismael. “And, I backed up.”
“It jumped up and grabbed my whole arm, and took me down in the rocks and was shaking his head,” added Ismael, describing the attack.
The owner rushed over to pull the massive mauler off Ismael, but not before it left him with penetrating bite wounds to his right arm.
“Right here he had took a big old chunk of my arm out,” said Ismael. “I lost a lot of fat. I lost 50% of my muscle in my tricep and bicep.”
The bite wounds were so deep that multiple surgeries and extensive rehabilitation will keep the 12-year-old out of school for at least a month, and make him unable to participate in his favorite activity – mixed martial arts.
Dawn Warner, Ismael’s mother, said she’s surprised the dog wasn’t put down automatically after it attacked her son, because this incident wasn’t the first time the dog had bitten someone.
“[The dog] almost took my son’s arm off,” said Ms. Werner.
A dangerous dog hearing has been scheduled for August 22, at which Roscoe’s owner plans to testify. A judge has final determination over whether or not the dog gets to live.
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