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Police: Dog attacks 80-year-old man in Scotia


SCOTIA, N.Y. - An 80-year-old man in Scotia is being treated for injuries he sustained after police say a pit bull dog mauled him over the weekend.

Neighbors say the alleged attack happened on Saturday when 80-year-old Cliff Semerad was returning a bucket to his neighbor's home and the dog "seemed to come out of nowhere."

Semerad sustained bites to his arm and face, and neighbors say he nearly lost his eye and ear. The man remains in the hospital being treated for an infection that has developed in the wounds.

The mayor of Scotia says this is not the first attack by the dog; police confirm there have been at least two other attacks. However, both attacks have occurred on the dog owner's property, which is a civil infraction on the owner's property; off the property it becomes criminal.

Residents who live in the Scotia neighborhood tell NEWS10 ABC they cannot go outside for fear of being attacked. They say they've been complaining to police for the past six-months about what they call a "dangerous dog."

Semerad and the owner of the dog live next door to one another.

Police say they hope the owner will give up the dog, and allow it to be euthanized to prevent further attacks. If Semerad was bitten in his own yard, the case would be criminal matter, and police could petition the court to have the dog put down.

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