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A Knoxville, Tennessee man who was attacked by an Akita has filed a dog attack lawsuit against the animal’s owners. The dog had traveled over six miles when it arrived at the home of Charles Wood, who was playing catch in the yard with his daughter.

“The dog just walked up and grabbed my glove first and then went for my hand and it’s all kind of a blur from there.”

Wood suffered several puncture wounds and deep cuts from the dog’s bite. “I finally took my right hand and clamped it over his muzzle trying to open it up.”

After breaking free, Wood rushed to the hospital. He received 40 stitches and surgery.

Since the attack, Wood can not fully open or close his hand, and authorities have classified the Akita as a dangerous dog.

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