Owner Keeps Arm After Attack
UPDATE 02/19/09: It was reported today that Scott Sands was released from the hospital on Tuesday. A friend told reporters that during his stay, he underwent surgery every 48-hours to repair deep wounds to both arms. Although the amputation of one arm was contemplated, it was ultimately avoided. The friend said that 47-year old Sands can now lift both arms and move his fingers enough to feed himself. No other information was provided.
The questions that go unanswered are the following: Will he ever be able to write or type again? Will he be able to button his shirt or zip his pants? What does Sands do for a living? Does he use a hammer? Can he still use a hammer? Does he run a cash register? Can he still do that? Can he use a knife well enough to prepare food? In addition to sky high medical bills and considerable rehabilitation, Sands may live with "total disability" for the rest of his life.
02/08/09: Dog Aggression = Human Injury
Elkhart, IN - A few days ago, while recording a police shooting of a pit bull attack, we ran across an incident that caused us great pause. The last time we saw a similar report -- it is often difficult to determine in a police shooting the degree of injury suffered in the attack -- the victim, Roger Lindee, suffered a leg amputation. The recent case involves pit bull owner Scott Sands. The pit bull he took in as a stray two years ago may have cost him one of his arms.
The pit bull named Buddy had allegedly been timid, until about six months ago when Margaret Delucenay, the landlord, brought home a Jack Russell (Sands rents a room in Delucenay's home). The two dogs began having barking matches through the walls. Last Tuesday, one of these matches got out of control. In a "redirected" attack, Buddy severely attacked his owner. Sands cried out, "Margaret, if you hear me, call the cops. The dog is killing me!"
Prior to this incident, Sands had called the Elkhart County Humane Society twice in the past month to take the dog away. According to Delucenay, he told the agency that Buddy had already bitten him twice, but that he did not have the $50 required to put down the dog. Now, however, Sands is undergoing multiple surgeries to save his traumatized arm, and mend other injuries he suffered in the attack. Sadly, this will cost a lot more than $50 dollars.
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10/30/08: Dog Owner Cited in Palm Bay Attack that Ended in Amputation