INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — County officials have quarantined an unleashed, unvaccinated pit bull dog that went through a home’s open front door and bit a man in the arm around 7 a.m. Tuesday in the Whispering Palms subdivision south of Vero Beach.
The 57-year-old man was attacked as he was breaking up a fight between the bulldog and his pet dog, according to Indian River Animal Control Supervisor Jason Oglivie.
The man finally stabbed the pit bull that ran back out of the house in the 600 block of Fifth Place Southwest.
The pit bull lived nearby. Animal Control is attempting to contact the owner to ask that the animal be permanently turned over to authorities, Oglivie said.
Currently the dog is being held at the Humane Society’s shelter for observation for 10 days to determine whether it has rabies.
Under state law, any dog that bites a person can be quarantined.
The man was medically treated at the scene of the attack and he was going to seek follow-up care on his own.
In September in Fellsmere, a sheriff’s deputy twice shot a pit bull mix and scared off two other dogs that attacked a Fellsmere man, according to a news release.
Gileerto Gomez, age unavailable, was treated at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne.
That pit bull dog was later euthanized, Ogilvie said.
A Jensen Beach man told authorities in September that two pit bulls broke through a screen enclosure into his Florida room and killed his cat. The owner was fined $880 per dog for failure to vaccinate against rabies, failure to license, animal not under restraint and being involved in a biting incident resulting in the death of another animal, officials said.