Matthew Connolly was cradling his tiny Shih Tzu, Rosalita, when the Rottweiler clamped its jaws around the man's arm Thursday, the New York Daily News reported. Connolly continued to clutch Rosalita during the attack.
The dog small reportedly once belonged Connolly's 31-year old son, who died last year of an asthma attack.
"This is the only thing I have left of my son," Connolly said of Rosalita.
The Shih Tzu was rushed a veterinary clinic, where she underwent surgery. Connolly was treated at a hospital for a wound on his left arm.
The Rottweiler's owner, 56-year old Philip Simon, apologized for the attack, claiming his dog was usually friendly.
Connolly, however, was not convinced.
"I'll see him in court," he told the Daily News.
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