Man forgives dog that bit off a piece of his nose

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POSTED: Sunday, April 8, 2012 - 7:00am

UPDATED: Sunday, April 8, 2012 - 7:04am

A northwest side Chicago man faces a mountain of bills and a long road to recovery after a pit bull bit off a portion of his face over the weekend.

Bill Lesinski was visiting his downstairs neighbor on Friday when the dog, named Monster, attacked him.

"When I crouched down, the dog just lunged at me and grabbed me by the face," said Lesinski. "I have a torn part of the septum, the bottom part of my septum, and they have to reconstruct my whole nose."

That reconstruction will require about six surgeries throughout the next nine to 12 months and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, he said doctors told him.

Still, Lesinski said he has no animosity toward the dog, which he's known since it was a pup, and his friend.

Though he said he believes the dog could have been better raised.

"This dog has attacked my dogs in the past a couple times. I think that's why the dog attacked me because it smelled my animals on me and when I crouched down the dog felt dominated at that time," he explained. "It's not the dog's fault. I own pit bulls myself. I have for over 20 years. My dogs have never been aggressive or hurt anybody. It's basically how pit bulls are raised."

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