PALATKA, Fla. -- Putnam County Sheriff's deputies tell Action News a Rottweiler found in the yard of a home off East Towles Avenue in Palatka may be responsible for biting a man's head and face.
Sgt. Hancel Woods says a Good samaritan stopped to help the man, who was kneeling on the side of the road.
"He was somewhat upright on the side of the road, possibly on his knees, trying to get her attention so she stopped. He apparently said something to her about a dog and that's all she was able to get."
Woods says the woman stayed with the man until help arrived. The man, who suffered from severe injuries to his head, scalp and face, was able to tell a paramedic that a Rottweiler was responsible before he was flown to Shands Gainesville for immediate surgery.
Police soon found a 90-pound Rottweiler in a neighboring yard, and took it into custody.
"One of our patrol captains was able to secure it with a catch pole so we were able to basically take it into custody without injuring it."
Police are unsure who the dog belongs to because the owner of the home where it was found could not be located. They were also unable to confirm the identity of the victim.
"There are no witnesses, and the woman never saw the dog, so we're hoping to speak with him soon to get that information, but for now he's in surgery."
Woods says the dog is with Animal Control now and samples of its saliva as well as evidence found at the scene are being processed at a lab in Jacksonville.
The Good Samaritan requested that her identity not be released, but Woods says she deserves credit for helping the man.
"The Good Samaritan did the right thing. That's obviously the thing I would want somebody to do is to stop and help a stranger."