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Man Nearly Loses Arm in Dog Attack

A man in Des Moines, Iowa is currently recovering after a savage dog attack nearly cost him his right arm.

Thomas Krengel, a 62-year-old Des Moines man, had been staying with a friend on the city's north side since early May. On June 12, the friend's two chow chows, Monte and Chico, attacked him.

According to a statement by Krengel, he had let the dogs outside in the early evening and was attempting to bring them back into the house when the attack occurred. The two dogs were copulating and were resisting his efforts to lead them inside. When Krengel stepped in to physically break up the dogs, the male bit him and the female joined in the attack soon after. Krengel says he protected his throat with his arm, which the dogs bit and shook violently.

The dogs did serious damage to the tissue of Krengel's arm and even chewed through a portion of the bone in his forearm. Doctors described Krengel's injuries as some of the worst they'd ever seen. The damage was so severe, in fact, that doctors said it looked as if a lion or other larger animal had been responsible for the attack.

After their initial evaluation, doctors scheduled Krengel for the amputation of his arm. Fortunately, after four hours of surgery, they were able to save his arm. He still faces a long road to recovery, but doctors are optimistic that he will regain the use of his hand.

Des Moines police ordered that the male dog, Monte, be euthanized.

Source: Des Moines Register, "Victim of two-dog attack looked 'like a lion got him'," Sharyn Jackson, June 26, 2013

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