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Pit bull attacks; Jeannette man flown to hospital

| Thursday, April 26, 2012, 1:49 a.m.

A Jeannette man was attacked by his pit bull Wednesday morning and was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital for treatment.

Bruce Sever, 55, was attacked inside his residence in the 200 block of North Second Street just after 11:30 a.m., according to Jeannette police Cpl. Shannon Binda.

Sever suffered serious injuries to his hands and forearms, but those injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, Binda said.

Binda said the incident occurred when Sever's daughter took another of their dogs outside to relieve itself. The pit bull attempted to attack the other dog, which Sever's daughter was able to get into the basement. Sever was mauled as he attempted to defend his daughter and the other dog, Binda said.

The dog, which is believed to be about 5 years old, was locked inside the residence by the family after the attack, Binda said. It will be up to Sever to determine what he wants to do with the animal, Binda said.

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