The Shiba Inu
, owned by James Little, 61, "was acting on its instinct to remove diseased flesh and does not appear to be dangerous, said Douglas County Animal Control Deputy Lee Bartholomew," reports the AP
Little, who called 911 a few days ago to report he had awakened to find that his dog had eaten the festering
flesh from his foot, has placed the dog with Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center
in Roseburg, Ore., where he will undergo a complete 'health examination and a standard mandatory rabies quarantine.'
Wendy Kang, the Director for Saving Grace told the Seattle Weekly, the healthy and well-fed dog, named Cosmo, "was not ready for adoption at this time since he has to remain quarantined for 10 days after eating human flesh. But by this time next week, he could be munching the toes off all your gangrenous friends." Kang added, "[He] is a bit aloof, but overall he's a friendly dog, I suppose."
Veterinarian experts said
"the dog doesn't need corrective action because it wasn't acting out of meanness." Experts are in agreement that the dog would have naturally been "attracted to the foot if it were infected or gangrenous."
This isn't the only toe-eating dog that has been in the news recently. In Michigan a dog named Kiko was hailed as a hero after saving his master's life, when he apparently sensed an infection festering in the mans right big toe and chewed most of it off after his owner, Jerry Douthett, passed out in a drunken stupor,' as reported by Digital Journal
The AP reported that Little was listed "in fair condition at an Oregon hospital" and was expected to be released to his home after a few days of medical observation and treatment for the missing digits.