A 7-year-old pit bull turned on his owner after Brevard County Animal Services investigators said the owner attempted to “punish” the dog for bad behavior but ended up being severely bitten instead.
The dog, named ‘Whiskey,’ remains quarantined at home today after animal services agents, paramedics and sheriff’s deputies were called to the residence.
The incident happened 2 p.m. Thursday after the dog repeatedly bit his 79-year-old owner on the leg at their home in the 1800 block of Cunningham Avenue on Merritt Island, said Capt. Bob Brown of Brevard County Animal Services.
“The owner was meting out some corporal punishment, possibly kicking or hitting him, and the dog turned and bit him on the lower right leg,” Brown said.
Brevard County Fire-Rescue paramedics arrived to treat the man, identified as Lewis Flloyd, for his injuries.
Flloyd also declined to turn the dog over to animal services agents.
The dog, however, must remain on a house-quarantine for rabies, Brown said.