Father Loses Both Legs And Arms After Being Licked By Family Dog

We often hear the saying “man’s best friend” when it comes to dogs. Not many people disagree when they hear it. Our dogs are usually there for us when we need them, kissing and jumping and otherwise just showing us a ton of affection.

Unfortunately, those dog kisses may have deadly consequences to some.


This West Bend, Wisconsin man was licked by the family dog, and had to lose all four of his limbs because of it. Greg Manteufel has been in good health all of his life. But in June, he went into the emergency room, thinking he simply had the flu.

According to his wife Dawn, the sickness hit him quickly and without warning. She told Fox 6 Now that he was bruised all over and looked like someone had beat him with a bat.


The flu wasn’t the issue, however. Greg had contracted capnocytophaga, which is found in the saliva of dogs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that symptoms of this bacteria include vomiting, muscle and joint pain, blisters, diarrhea, redness, fever, swelling, headaches, and stomach pain. Symptoms usually emerge within three to five days of coming in contact with the bacteria. If the symptoms are left untreated, the patient could develop sepsis, a possibly fatal infection.

Greg began to experience low blood pressure and poor circulation in his limbs.

Dr. Silvia Munoz-Price commented that while this is a very rare case, the infection had triggered an extremely severe response in his body. Greg’s legs had to be amputated within a week of being admitted to the hospital. He was told he will have to have half of his forearms removed. He will also need to have reconstructive surgery on his nose at a later date because of the massive infection.

Dawn says that her husband is very happy to be alive and is taking the news as well as could be. He reportedly told the doctors to take whatever they needed to as long as they kept him alive.

While the family is just happy to have their father alive, they are facing extremely high medical bills. Greg has a long way to being fully recovered, so if you are wishing to donate to his cause, click here.

What did you think about this surprising turn of events from a simple dog kiss? Let us know in the comments and please feel free to pass this amazing story on as a warning to others.