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When a pit bull attacks, a boy bites back

July 24, 2008 |  1:55 pm

An 11-year-old boy is in the limelight in Brazil after biting a pit bull that attacked him while he was playing, Reuters reports:

Gabriel Almeida, who lives on the outskirts of Belo Horizonte in the state of Minas Gerais, broke a canine tooth when he bit into the dog's neck to fend off an attack. Since then, he has been pampered in the studios of several TV stations, where he has been recounting his ordeal.

"I grabbed him by the neck and bit," he told O Globo newspaper. "It's no big deal. It's better to lose a tooth than to lose your life."

He was freed when bystanders pulled the dog off him and needed four stitches in his arm.

A Sao Paolo newspaper said the dog "was taken to a pound and may be sacrificed."

--Tony Barboza

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