A man from Sandwich is recovering from multiple wounds caused by dog bites. Bourne firefighters transported the victim to a trauma center in Rhode Island, where he was operated on for his injuries.

Bourne Fire Lieutenant Richard Emberg said that firefighters were called to the One Stop Convenience Store at 1027 Sandwich Road in South Sagamore at 2:25 PM, Monday, January 20. The victim had been bitten somewhere in Sandwich, Lt. Emberg said, and tried to drive himself to an area hospital.

“He pulled over into One Step and called Bourne Fire,” he said. “Firefighters arrived and found him sitting on the steps.”

The victim, a male in his 30s, had multiple bite wounds to his hands and arms. The victim was evaluated at the scene by Bourne firefighters and taken by ambulance to the trauma center at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence.

Animal Control officials in Sandwich said the injuries occurred when the man and his girlfriend were having an argument. The man tried to put the dog, a rescued 3-year-old pit bull in its cage. That is when the dog bit the man, officials said.

Sandwich officials said it was the first biting incident with the dog which had been living with the couple for two years. The dog does not have an updated rabies vaccination, so it has been quarantined for 60 days.

There are currently no plans to put the dog down, Sandwich officials said.

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