GRAPHIC: 12-year-old mauled by a pit bull recovering at home

Published: Jun. 25, 2019 at 6:13 PM EDT
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WARNING: Some images in this story may be disturbing for some viewers.

A 12-year-old Toledo boy is back home recovering after he was mauled by a pit bull. Some courageous neighbors ran to help the young man and were viciously attacked as well.

The dog attack happened Friday at the corner of Lakewood and Oakdale as the boy walked to his friend's house.

12-year-old Michael Anaszewicz Jr. has to use a wheelchair and can barely walk after he was bitten by the dog. The boy says he tried kicking the dog to get him to let go.

Michael rode his bike to his friend's house to see whether the friend wanted to play video games. He says the dog, named Split, followed his friend out of the house.

"It jumped up on me. It licked me a couple of times and it bit me on my face. It jumped down and grabbed my foot and started biting my arm. It went for my face again so I used my arm like this and that's when it got my arm," said the victim Michael Anaszewicz.

Michael suffered bites to his face, arm, back and foot, leaving him with 30 stitches.

He told me he's thankful for the two men who helped him.

Unfortunately the dog turned on those men as well. Michael says the pit bull bit the tip off one man's finger and took a chunk out of the other Good Samaritan's arm. The victim hopes his injuries heal fast.

"I'm just hoping it had his shots and stuff. I'm a wrestler and I don't want this to mess with my career," said Michael Anaszewicz.

The owner of the dog declined to comment.

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