A man was bitten in the face by a dog in Van Nuys Thursday after a fight broke out and had to have surgery, Los Angeles police officials said.
The incident was reported about 5:10 p.m. at a strip mall in the 13700 block of Sherman Way, Officer Drake Madison said.
A fight apparently broke out between two men and the dog, which belonged to one of them, jumped on the victim, witness Amy Sosa told KTLA.
"One of the men had a pit bull that attacked the other man and did grab his cheek really bad," she said. "It looked like his cheek was torn off."
Sosa added that it took two people to pull the dog off the man.
Officials said the man had injuries on his face and other spots on his body from the tussle.
The dog owner has been described as homeless and was taken away from the scene, but he is not expected to be arrested or charged. An animal control officer also responded and took the dog, aerial video from Sky5 showed.
Sosa called the incident "heartbreaking" and described the Roscoe the dog as "kind" and "sweet."