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Pit bull attack leaves person in Revere with ‘severe’ hand injuries

A “large and aggressive” pit bull bit a person’s hand in Revere Monday afternoon, leaving him with severe injuries, police said.

The dog was on the third floor of an office unit at 318 Squire Road, where a friend of the dog’s owner had been watching after the pet, said Joseph Covino, a spokesman for the Revere police department.

While drinking, the friend fell asleep. At the same time, another person in the apartment fell asleep on the couch. He woke up around 4:45 p.m. to find that the dog had bitten his hand.

“The hand was almost severed, the cuts were so deep,” Covino said.

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The victim, who was not identified, was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital. He is expected to survive his injuries, Covino said.

When police and fire officials arrived, they also determined the office unit had several code violations and was in “disorder and disarray,” Covino said. The dog owner’s friend is legally renting the space, but is not supposed to be living there full-time.

Officers are investigating the incident with the dog and the code violations.

Covino said officials “aren’t buying” the story that two people were sleeping when the dog bit the person’s hand. Other people were in the unit at the time, he said. The people involved are known to police, he said.

“Based on what we know about them, they tend to argue with each other when they drink,” Covino said. “At this time, the dog’s not really being blamed.”

The pit bull will remain with police until the investigation is complete.


Felicia Gans can be reached at felicia.gans@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @FeliciaGans.