Van Buren County man hospitalized after reported dog attack

Posted at 7:50 PM, Apr 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-15 19:50:40-04

WAVERLY TWP, Mich. — Van Buren County deputies say two aggressive dogs attacked a man Thursday afternoon, forcing them to put one of them down.

Officials with animal control said  two large, aggressive Pit Bull/Bull Mastiff mixed breed dogs were loose from their kennels in the 39000 block of M-43. A 25-year-old man from Paw Paw tried to break them up but was attacked in the process.

When deputies arrived around 2:30 p.m., they found the man lying in the backyard and bleeding. As they were pulling him out to safety, they learned that a woman, 48, and her four-year-old grandchild were barricaded inside a nearby pole barn, trapped because the two dogs were outside the only exit.

After encountering the dogs, deputies say they were forced to shoot and kill one of them. Both people inside the barn were not hurt

The man suffered several bite wounds and a possible fractured arm. He taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Deputies say the location of this incident is a licensed kennel and breeder.