Miami Gardens man seriously hurt in dog attack

Owner says dog provoked by victim

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – A man was seriously hurt after he was bitten by a dog Wednesday in Miami Gardens.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Lt. Felipe Lay said the attack happened about 3:45 p.m. in the 3700 block of Northwest 161st Street.

The man, who was not identified, was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center in Miami, where he was listed in stable condition.

Nadhir Ebanks, the owner of the 3-year-old Jack Russell Terrier and American bulldog mix, told Local 10 News that the victim is his next-door neighbor who was outside doing yard work with a tree trimmer.

Ebanks said the dog, whose name is Alba, began barking at the neighbor, and he panicked and swung the tree trimmer at Alba several times.

Alba was hurt and reacted by biting the man, Ebanks said. Neighbors said the man suffered bite wounds to both his legs and both sides of his neck.

Miami-Dade County Animal Services evaluated Alba and placed the dog under quarantine for 10 days. Animal Services said the dog had no history of attacks.