Victim on a Walk
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.
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