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Micky Ward Hospitalized -- Attacked By Stray Dog

6/18/2011 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Championship boxer Micky Ward -- who was portrayed by Mark Wahlberg in "The Fighter" -- is being hospitalized in Massachusetts after he was attacked by a stray dog ... TMZ has learned.

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Ward's rep tells TMZ ... Micky was walking his dog Wednesday when a stray got approached and became aggressive. Micky says he tried to get in between the two animals ... when the stray turned him into a a human chew toy.

Micky suffered bites on his arm ... and a MAJOR wound to right index finger -- which was "almost taken off" in the attack. Ward went to the hospital for treatment and is expected remain there until Sunday.

As for the dogs, Ward says he eventually shooed the stray away ... and HIS dog emerged from the incident unscathed.

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joey _ I love TMZ 'til ya piss me off!    

Hey Guys, even if you are a boxer, you can't always win

1201 days ago
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paul    

who is Mark Wahberg ? lol

1201 days ago
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Holly    

That's why it's a good idea to carry pepper spray, even if you are a big strong boxer.

1201 days ago
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C. Fox    

And by "dog," TMZ means "sisters."

1201 days ago
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MikeD    

When a Dog (ANY DOG) attacks a human.. it should be treated no less than an attacking wild animal and should be put down !

1201 days ago
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twilightmom    

Wanna bet $$$ that the dog was a "pitbull". (when its actually like a Jack Russell. Lol
Its ALWAYS a pitbull, even when its not! (=

1201 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

he should have taken off the sirloin-steak jacket he was wearing before walking his dog

1201 days ago
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Gloria Unread    

Holly - That's why it's a good idea to carry pepper spray, even if you are a big strong boxer.
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In this case, he should have tried to get away from the dog, if possible - not put himself between the two. But pepper spray doesn't help if you're jumped out of nowhere and can't react.
BTW, Dog owners - In California, you can legally kill a dog not only if it attacks you, but also if it charges at you in an aggressive manner and gets within five feet, IIRC. So if you actually care about your animal, keep it on a leash and never teather it. Even if it's your front yard, if it's unfenced it's still illegal to let it run freely.

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MikeD - When a Dog (ANY DOG) attacks a human.. it should be treated no less than an attacking wild animal and should be put down !
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As a dog attack survivor, I couldn't agree with you more. Though the owners are always to blame for being irresponsible with their pets. It's a shame that so many of them are that way, considering they're supposed to love the animal.

1201 days ago
9.

AMateToTalkTo    

WOW!!!

Whoever wrote this report SERIOUSLY needs to go back to writing class and learn some basic English writing skills and grammar.

I.E;
'Micky was walking his dog Wednesday when a stray got approached and became aggressive."
A stray GOT approached?????????

"when the stray turned him into a A human chew toy."
Double A's?????????

"and is expected remain there until Sunday."
Try, "Is expected TO remain"????????

It's not that difficult, is it?

1201 days ago
10.

Susie-Q    

Bless this guys' huge heart. Dog Whisper says never get in the middle of a dog altercation. I would have done the same thing in order to protect my dog. It shows the love he has for his dog. He was loyal to his own dog and wanted to protect him. I wish him and his dog well. I wonder what kind of dog attacked him?

1201 days ago
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D-INCARNATION    

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog

1201 days ago
12.

dave    

Way to go Micky. I would have done the same thing. Quite the gangster.

1201 days ago
13.

ilovegossip    

Please, TMZ, get a proofreader, STAT!!!

1201 days ago
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frankiestage    

My neighbor has a dog that likes to bark and growl a lot. And, when I'm doing yard work, he often looks like he wants to leap their fence and jump me. Sometimes I carry a large butcher knife, just in case.

1201 days ago
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frankiestage    

As far as the poor English in these articles goes, it's emblematic of where we are right now in this country in terms of education. Easy to see why we're no longer in the Top Ten. Kind of like the obesity epidemic. If you where a teenager 20 years ago, and you look at the high percentage of kids waddling around today, you realize how dramatic that particular change has been too.

1201 days ago
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