Friday, May 1, 2009
Van Buren, AK - It was reported yesterday that an elderly man was rushed to Summit Medical Center after being attacked by a pit bull. Van Buren Police say the attack took place in the morning as 76-year-old Archie Hoback was walking his two small dogs down a city sidewalk. The pit bull charged Hoback, and to protect his dogs, he picked them up in his arms. The pit bull subsequently bit into his arm causing several lacerations that went to the bone.
Hoback may suffer permanent nerve damage and partial loss of his hand from this attack.Officer Steven Gunter says he went to the house where he believed the dog came from, but the homeowner denied knowledge of the dog. Gunter said, "It was later determined the dog did belong to them and they were hiding the dog inside the residence." As a result, Scott Pulliman, 37, was arrested on charges of obstructing government operations, harboring a vicious dog, allowing a dog to run at large, and for having no city tags or vaccination for the dog.
The question is, who will pay for Hoback's injuries, which may require significant physical therapy? Will this senior citizen ever be able to enjoy a walk again? Members of DogsBite.org have shared stories where senior citizens do not ever leave their home again after such attacks. The psychological trauma a victim may experience after an unprovoked, violent dog attack is well documented (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), yet remains unrealized by many.
12/09/08: D.C. Senior Citizen Fights for Life After Pit Bull Attack
11/06/08: Woman Attacked by 5 Dogs While on Morning Walk
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| 5/01/2009 4:07 PM |
Once again...whisked away through the bowels of the Pit Bull community.
The stewardship they exert over this breed is criminal.
Can I get a "Human aggressive pits were always culled"?!
| 5/02/2009 11:34 AM |
I keep saying that I don't want to read the pit nutter comments on these stories any more because they enrage me so, but I must say I am sad that this article does not allow comments. I just wonder how they would defend this "bad owner?" and whitewash what happened?
| 2/06/2010 7:54 PM |
Pit bull owner hides dogs after brutal attack sheltie (Feb 2010):
The owners of a pit bull that attacked a neighbor and her dog allegedly tried to keep the pit bull away from animal control officers after the attack, according to a report released Friday by the Larimer Humane Society.
On Jan. 30, Barbara Berry reported that she and her sheltie, Sassy, were attacked by a pit bull in the 3000 block of Garrett Drive. Berry did not have Sassy on a leash at the time, and the dog was severely injured.
The dog's right front leg was amputated Tuesday at the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital at CSU, and Sassy died early Wednesday morning, owner Jerry Berry said Friday.