Dog-owner reveals he had to put down his beloved husky pit bull cross called Arghh after he ripped off his nose only to discover the fluke attack may have been caused by a brain tumour
A man who had half of his nose ripped off by his dog in a sudden attack has described the devastation he felt at having to put his best friend down.
Artist Manuel Morales, 33, from Washington, was forced to put down his dog after it sunk its teeth into his nose in an unexplained attack.
Manuel was rushed to hospital for emergency treatment, where he was told the dog would have to be euthanised.
Discovering through a medical friend that cancer could have been the cause of the attack, Manuel fell into a deep depression.
Manuel and his dog Arghh pictured during better times, before the pooch attacked its owner. While in hospital, Manuel had visits from security personnel who told him that he would either have to surrender Arghh to them or have him euthanized himself
Manuel had half of his nose ripped off by his own dog. Manuel’s dog had never hurt him or anyone before, so the brutal nature of the attack came as a complete shock
Manuel has received plenty of support from strangers online, both on his social media and his GoFundMe page which has raised over $5000 for future nose reconstruction surgery
After returning from his daily walk around the local park with , a husky and pitbull crossbreed rescued as a puppy in 2016 and named Arghh due to its owner’s love of pirates, Manuel went to fetch a cup of coffee.
As Manuel went to give Arghh a scratch on the chin, the pooch lunged at his face without warning, sinking his sharp teeth into Manuel’s nose.
With his jaws clamped tight, Manuel wrestled to break free of Arghh’s grasp as blood poured from his face onto the carpet.
Using his right hand to stop the vicious attack, Arghh then latched onto his fingers, almost ripping through Manuel’s thumb in the process.
Manuel was finally able to separate himself from his dog who quickly cowered on the floor whimpering, knowing that he had done something very wrong.
‘My roommate Endymion had to drive me to the hospital,’ said Manuel. ‘He hadn’t driven in nearly a decade and didn’t have a license, but we couldn’t wait for an ambulance.
‘Blood was pouring from my face at an alarming rate. The towel Endymion had given me was completely saturated with blood by the time we made it there.
Manuel Morales, 33, from Washington, USA, rescued a husky and pitbull cross as a puppy in 2016 which he decided to name Arghh due to his love of pirates
Whilst Manuel’s roommate had managed to find the remainder of his nose in a pool of blood on the carpet, the bite marks had made the tear too jagged for the nose to be successfully reattached.
During his week-long stay in hospital, Manuel had visits from security personnel who told him that he would either have to surrender Arghh to them or have him euthanized himself.
Manuel decided on the latter and after taking Arghh for one last road trip to the coast, he took him to the vet to be put to sleep.
‘Before taking him to the vet, we went for a road trip to the coast for one last hike before having him euthanized,’ said Manuel.
‘I wanted to pack up the car and run away with him but my roommate reassured me that it wouldn’t solve anything.’
After losing his best friend and most of his nose, Manuel fell into a deep depression and drove to the Washington coast whilst drunk with the intention of driving his car off a cliff and into the sea.
‘I got so upset that I drove all the way to the Washington coast, black out drunk, and tried to drive my car off a cliff into the ocean.
‘I got stuck in the mud and left the car running half hoping I wouldn’t wake up.
‘I slowly made my way back to Seattle, realising that ending my life wasn’t going to solve anything and would only cause the people I care about more pain.’
Manuel was scratching his dog’s chin when the attack occurred. Without warning, the dog sank sharp teeth into Manuel’s nose. With his jaws clamped tight, Manuel wrestled to break free of Arghh’s grasp as blood poured from his face onto the carpet. Arghh then latched onto his fingers, almost ripping through Manuel’s thumb in the process
Manuel was finally able to separate himself from his dog who quickly cowered on the floor whimpering, knowing that he had done something very wrong. So great was the emergency that Manuel’s roommate, who hadn’t driven in 10 years and didn’t even have a license, navigated the busy streets of Seattle in order to reach the hospital
Luckily, Manuel’s close friends have rallied around him in his time of need to provide him with the emotional support he needs.
However, Manuel misses Arghh desperately and even has dreams that his dog is sleeping at the end of his bed.
‘Arghh was rescued from my partner’s sister’s landlord who discovered that residents where she lived were breeding their husky and pitbull,’ said Manuel.
‘There were seven pups stuffed inside a cage and they had never been let out, so were covered in urine and feces. It certainly was a sad start to his life.
‘After becoming part of our family, he went everywhere with me. He would pull me on my longboard through the streets of Portland, and run with me through the neighborhood in Richmond where we were living for a few months before moving to Seattle.
Manuel and Arghh pictured on a woodland walk, in happier times. Manuel said: ‘He would pull me on my longboard through the streets of Portland, and run with me through the neighborhood in Richmond’
Tests showed that Arghh was suffering from cancer which, according to the vet, could have been a catalyst for the Arghh’s actions
‘My face was never going to be the same and I had no choice but to put my best friend to sleep, with no chance of rehoming, training or anything.
‘For that month it was so hard for me to be around him in fear that he might attack me again.
‘I felt defeated thinking that it was my parenting that caused him to lash out.’
In a desperate search to discover the possible reason for Arghh’s uncharacteristic attack, Manuel consulted a friend of his who works as a vet.
Tests showed that Arghh was suffering from cancer which, according to the vet, could have been a catalyst for the Arghh’s actions.
Despite not changing what happened, nor Arghh’s fate, it does provide Manuel with some comfort.
His dog also chewed into his arm which required bandaging. Despite not changing what happened, nor Arghh’s fate, the test results provide Manuel with some comfort
‘A friend of mine who worked at a veterinary practice offered to do some blood tests and a scan on Arghh to see if any underlying health conditions could have caused the change in his temperament,’ Manuel said.
The results showed that he did in fact have multiple small brain tumours which could have led to the sudden and unexpected attack.
Manuel should only have one more procedure before his nose is fully reconstructed and reshaped.
‘I have a hard time seeing photos of Arghh and I often see him in my dreams and think he is at the end of my bed,’ he said.
With nose reconstruction planned for later in 2021 and a GoFundMe page set up by his friend Rachel Goland, Manuel’s circumstances are finally looking up.
‘The amount of support I have received from complete strangers has been life changing,’ he said. ‘Right now it might seem impossible, but when you survive it, you’ll be able to look back and be stronger from it.’
‘I have a hard time seeing photos of Arghh and I often see him in my dreams and think he is at the end of my bed,’ said Manuel
Despite the numerous physical and mental challenges that Manuel still faces, the love and generosity he has received from his close friends and strangers online has given him hope that the next 12 months will be much more positive than the last