SAGINAW, MI — A week after Saginaw water-meter reader Dave Delgado suffered his third career dogbite, he is back in action. “I’m not afraid of dogs,” said Delgado, 49. “As far as do I worry about dogs now more than before? Yeah, I do. But I can’t let it get to me. And I don’t. That’s the attitude I’ve got to have.” Delgado observed the injury as he was walking away from reading a water meter at a home on South Fourth Street. “Something wasn’t right,” Delgado said.
When he pulled up his pant leg to take a look, the Saginaw city employee looked down to see a bite mark on his thigh from a pit bull mixed-breed dog that had charged him while he was at the house on South Fourth, on Saginaw’s East Side, Friday, Aug. 15. Delgado said he had seen the dog while approaching the home and asked the residents to put the animal away so he could approach. Eventually, he said, a man came out of the house to hold onto the dog. “He had a problem trying to hold the dog,” Delgado said. “Finally he got hold of the dog and said, ‘C’mon, you can come in.’ As I got the read, the dog broke loose. That’s when he attacked me. “As the dog charged, Delgado said he told the owners to come restrain the dog. “I was kicking him,” Delgado said. “I didn’t have time to grab my mace, or I would have maced him.” Delgado was treated for the bite and later returned to work.