SAN DIEGO (CNS) - An infirm 72-year-old Mission Hills resident was hospitalized Thursday after one of his dogs apparently chewed off several of his toes, authorities said.
A roommate who serves as the ailing man's caretaker made a 911 call shortly before 5:30 a.m. to report the medical emergency at their home in the 2000 block of West California Street, according to San Diego police.
The caller said he found the victim lying in bed amid blood-soaked sheets, then discovered that his roommate was missing three left toes and that one of the men's two small dogs had blood on its snout, SDPD spokeswoman Andra Brown said.
Medics took the man, who seemed confused about how he had suffered the injuries, to a hospital. The victim - whose right leg and one of the toes on his left foot had been previously amputated - suffers from neuropathy, a type of nerve damage that has left him with no feeling in his remaining foot, the roommate told police.
County animal-control personnel took custody of the men's two spaniels and put them under quarantine and a rabies-testing regimen.
The victim told officers he did not want to lose custody of the dogs, which appeared to have been well cared for, Brown said.
Adult protective services caseworkers will look into the living arrangements and decide whether an intervention is necessary, the spokeswoman said.
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