13 Oct 2008

Dog seized after man loses part of lip

8:16 pm on 13 October 2008

Dog control officers in Northland have seized a dog who bit off a chunk of a man's lip.

Police say the man was walking home drunk after a night out on Friday, when he stumbled against a fence on Mangakahia Road in Kaikohe.

The dog - who was in a secure yard on the other side - jumped up and tore a piece out of the man's upper lip.

Hospital sources say ambulance officers managed to recover the tissue, but surgeons could not reattach it.

The 21-year-old was discharged from hospital on Monday.

Police are investigating the incident.