- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—CANON CITY — A dedicated veterinarian and a dog-loving community have rallied to help a pit bull that was brutally attacked by a sword-wielding man Saturday.

Bob, an American pit bull terrier, was “struck twice on the head with a sword” by a man who said he carries the weapon for protection, according to Canon City police Capt. Jim Cox.

Bob suffered a fractured skull and his left cheek was hanging off his face. Dr. Ronald Smith of Fremont Veterinary Hospital agreed to take on the dog’s surgery and managed to save Bob’s life.

“In six years of shelter work, I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Kelly Ramos, assistant manager for the Humane Society of Fremont County. “Dr. Smith said any other breed would not have made it.”

“It means everything to me. I am surprised he is still alive and well,” said Richard Dean Grandfield, Bob’s owner.

Ramos, who is an advocate with Tyson’s Echo, a bull breed advocacy group, said it has agreed to take on the dog’s medical expenses and already is receiving a huge outpouring of community support. Also, a collection was taken up among the homeless camp near where Bob was attacked and netted $40.

“The vet bill is $737 and we have agreed to put Richard and Bob up in a hotel for 10 days so Bob can rest and recuperate,” Ramos said. “The total expense will be $1,500 to $2,000 and any extra funds will go to other ‘pities’ in need,” Ramos said.

“I owe them everything,” Grandfield, a Vietnam vet, said. “I pay child support and when I get my disability check it’s all but gone — I didn’t need more bills.”

The man who attacked Bob alleged he had been cornered by the growling pit bull that was off leash about 10 a.m. Saturday near the changing station and restroom facility across from the Santa Fe Depot in the 400 block of U.S. 50, according to the police report. Cox said the police department’s animal control officer will review the case.

“He’s a nice dog that would never hurt anybody,” said Grandfield. “I don’t know how homeless people run around with Samurai swords.”

“We’ve had Bob at the shelter and he has been no trouble,” Ramos said. “I’ve gotten messages on Facebook from hundreds of people who say Bob is a sweet and gentle dog.”

Grandfield’s reunion with Bob on Monday was a happy occasion as Bob jumped up and greeted his owner with licks and wiggles of excitement.

“I haven’t cried in 40 years,” Grandfield said.

Donations to Tyson’s Echo will help pay Bob’s bills and can be sent via PayPal to [email protected] comcast.net.

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