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A man’s nose was nearly ripped off by his dog in a shocking attack – forcing him to put his beloved pet down.
Manuel Morales, from Washington in the US, was set upon by Arghh in December 2020.
He’d just got back home and spotted his dog, who he’d initially rescued in 2016, sitting at the top of the stairs.
The husky and pitfall cross lunged at his face without warning and sank his teeth into Manuel’s nose after he tried to pet him.
He wrestled to break free of Arghh’s grasp as blood poured from his face onto the carpet.
Using his right hand to stop the vicious attack, Arghh then latched onto his fingers, almost ripping through Manuel's thumb in the process.
Manuel was finally able to separate himself from his dog, who quickly cowered on the floor whimpering.
His housemate rushed the 30-year-old artist to hospital, where he was given an IV drip of painkillers.
Surgeons attempted to sew up the gushing open wound in a procedure that lasted no more than 15 minutes.
The bite marks had made the tear too jagged for the nose to be successfully reattached.
During his stay in hospital, Manuel had visits from security personnel who told him that he would either have to surrender Arghh to them or have him euthanized himself.
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Manuel took Arghh – named due to his love of pirates – for one last road trip to the coast before he was put to sleep.
Describing his relationship with his pooch, Manuel said: “He went everywhere with me. He would pull me on my longboard through the streets of Portland, and run with me through the neighborhood in Richmond where we were living for a few months before moving to Seattle.
“He was very smart and took to his training like a champ and was potty trained within the first three months of having him.”
Tests showed that Arghh was suffering from cancer which, according to a vet, could have been a catalyst for his actions.
Manuel added: “After my first procedure and then having to spend Christmas without him, I went into the deepest depression I have ever experienced.
“I got so upset that I drove all the way to the Washington coast, black out drunk, and tried to drive my car off a cliff into the ocean.
“I got stuck in the mud and left the car running half hoping I wouldn’t wake up.
“I slowly made my way back to Seattle, realising that ending my life wasn’t going to solve anything and would only cause the people I care about more pain.”
With nose reconstruction planned for later in 2021 and a GoFundMe page set up by his friend Rachel Goland, Manuel’s circumstances are finally looking up.
He went on: “I don’t think Arghh is ever going to be gone, he has just moved to the non-physical realm.
“The love and happiness we have felt from him is still with me.”
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