Dogs Eat Toes

Friday, February 11, 2011 - 10:44am

Man's King Charles Spaniels eat three of his toes while he sleeps.

72-year-old Frank Rose, who suffers from neuropathy said he awoke Thursday morning to find some of his toes missing, and he believes his two small dogs did it.

His long time partner, George Chilson, called 911 to report the incident.

When San Diego police responded they found blood on one of the dog's faces, some of the victim's toes missing, and a substantial amount of blood nearby.

The dogs, "Victoria" and "Elizabeth," are 1-year-old and 2-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

Rose didn't realize the dogs had chewed off his toes because he has no feeling in his foot.

Rose has already lost one foot to his nerve condition and Chilson said the other one was heading down the same path.

He said Rose is at Scripps Mercy Hospital doing just fine, but will need surgery on Friday.

"He's sitting in bed, laughing and joking with the nurses and doctors."

Chilson wanted to make sure people understood that this wasn't a vicious attack, and he believes the dogs were actually trying to help Rose.

"I've noticed if I've cut my leg and have a scab, they'll lick it to heal it," Chilson said.

"I'm shocked. It's hard to believe," said Stephen Taylor, when told the grim news his neighbor had his toes bitten off by his dogs.

Another neighbor called the animals "sweet little dogs" and said his granddaughters often played with the two dogs.

"Those dogs are cuter then all-get-out," said Taylor. "I know they had the one and then they got another one because they loved them. That's just incredible."

Investigators filed a bite report and Animal Control has taken over the investigation.

"The owner woke up and his toes were gone," said Lt. Dan DeSousa with the County Department of Animal Services. "He doesn't know why it happened and the dogs aren't talking."

DeSousa said in his 22 years with the department, he has never seen anything like this.

The breed is known as happy and lovable and often serve as lap dogs. "So, for something like this to happen is very unusual," he said.

"This was a freak accident and I think that's just the way it's going to be handled," said DeSousa.

They have been secured and will be quarantined in the home for 10 days.

Officers said the victim, who suffers from nerve degeneration, did not want the dogs to be taken away.

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