Dog Attack Leaves Kennett Man Critically Injured

JANUARY 24, 2007 - Posted at 1:15 p.m. CST

KENNETT, MO - A 54-year-old Missouri Bootheel man remains hospitalized in critical condition after being attacked by his own pit bull.

Keith Allen Sawyers was mauled New Year's Day at his home in rural Dunklin County.  He is hospitalized in Memphis.

Deputies were called after relatives found the dog with blood on its face, and Sawyers in the back yard with facial and head injuries.  At the family's request, officers at the scene killed the dog.

Relatives say the dog had never before shown aggression.

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