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Dog bite sidelines Dirty Dozen trumpeter Towns

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Dirty Dozen Brass Band trumpeter Efrem Towns is recovering at home in New Orleans from a vicious attack by a Rottweiler at an Atlanta motel.

He missed performances in Colorado and New Orleans after the attack on Nov. 18, and doesn't know if he'll make the band's next scheduled gig on Dec. 28, The Times-Picayune reported.

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He and baritone sax player Roger Lewis said the dog surged from an open motel room door after Towns knocked on the door of Lewis' room.

"I didn't know if it was a dog, wolverine, bear, mongoose or what. I just knew something had me," Towns said.

He said the dog's owner came out of the next room, and they were able to subdue it.

At Atlanta's Grady Hospital, he received 30 stitches in his groin. Towns, who has health insurance through his wife, Tracie, said he will be seeing a urologist this week.

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band formed in 1977, and is credited with creating the contemporary, funk-infused brass band sound. It's been featured on albums with David Bowie, Elvis Costello and the Black Crowes.

Towns said he probably could practice while convalescing. "But I'm very uncomfortable right now," he said Friday evening. "I'm basically immobilized  it's hard getting around. I'm kind of miserable."

The experience hasn't soured Towns on dogs. He and his wife own three miniature schnauzers, a standard schnauzer and a mixed breed. On Friday, his daughter's dachshund was visiting.

"I'm a dog person," he said. "And even though I got bit, I hope they don't put that dog to sleep."

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22Comments
Nov 26, 2012 7:59AM
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People need to calm down and think about the circumstances. It was a motel; the dog was in a strange place, likely nervous, and could have been protecting its owner from a perceived threat. Rottweilers have strong protective instincts. It says a lot about this man's character that he hopes the dog isn't put to sleep. I hope it isn't, either. As soon as a dog bites people say "put it down" without looking into anything else about the situation.
Nov 26, 2012 7:40AM
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axlegrease sounds like a racist, bloviating idiot!  If you KNEW God's way, you would know that ORIGINAL man was black; it is cave-dwelling morons like you who somehow managed to crawl from under your rocks and destroy God's plan....
Nov 26, 2012 5:30AM
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sue. bitten in the groin? take the motel's and owners balls!
Nov 25, 2012 11:14PM
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Good chance for someone with a concealed weapons permit to shot both the dog and the owner - get the owner when he runs out to "defend" his dog.   After all - how could anyone know that the owner did not use the dog to attack for the purpose of robbery?  After all many owners defend their dog - even after it kills a child.
Nov 25, 2012 9:48PM
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It is pretty simple, if your dog is lose and bits someone you pay for it. The door was open and owner came out of the next room, sounds like the dog was left alone in the room with the door open while the owner went next door. The owner is at felt here and should be held responsible.
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