Ballet star Rex Harrington injured in dog attack

Pop Goes The News — Canadian ballet icon Rex Harrington is recovering after being mauled inside his home Sunday by one of his dogs.

Harrington, 53, was rushed to hospital following the bloody attack with injuries to his face, an arm and a leg.

The former principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada says he received a total of 20 stitches, including three in his lips, five in his bicep and six in his calf.

Harrington, who competed on the second season of The Amazing Race Canada, was injured by Spartacus, a five-year-old Great Dane, after falling down inside his home east of Toronto.

“I fell because [a] bird got [in] the house,” explained Harrington on Facebook, where he shared photos of his injuries.

“He went nuts as I fell to ground.”

But, Harrington added, “all is good.” He described the incident as a “freak accident.”

Spartacus is a black and white Great Dane. Harrington also has a German Shepherd named Measha.

According to the American Kennel Club, Great Danes — which are, in fact, German Mastiffs — were originally bred as boar hounds and adults can weigh up to 120 pounds.

Great Dane attacks on humans are not uncommon. One study, which compiled statistics in the U.S. and Canada between 1982 and 2014, found that Great Dane were responsible for 37  cases of bodily harm and 3 deaths.

In February, three of the large dogs severely injured three children in Colorado.

In July 2014, Cesar Millan — known as the Dog Whisperer — watched as a Great Dane he was training attacked a neighbour, biting his hand and forearm.