May 21, 2018 at 5:13 pm #59838
I was attacked by an off leash pit bull and seriously injured; nearly lost my foot.May 21, 2018 at 10:18 pm #59841
Have you called a doctor?May 22, 2018 at 8:18 am #59843
Nelly, they performed emergency surgery the same day and saved the foot, but not the ankle. There are 7 screws and a steel plate holding things together. There were two bones sticking out in a compound fracture of the fibula. The pit bull was off leash in The Wallingford Playfield, adjacent to a middle school and frequented by seniors and small children. The dog remains in the possession of its irresponsible owner while Animal Control takes its sweet time. There are off leash dogs at the Wallingford Playfield, a neighborhood public park, every day of the week. This incident sends the message that you can exercise your dog off leash with impunity. Be vigilant, even when just walking through a park.May 22, 2018 at 9:22 am #59844
“He’s never done that before.”
What did the dog owner do at the scene?May 22, 2018 at 12:46 pm #59847
Not sure what you’re asking, but I’ll try to respond.
It is certainly possible this was a first time event, but there is no way to know that. There is no “bite registry” in WA. Possibly that’s because the settled law is that you don’t get a “free first bite”.
My impression is that the owner, having taken the leash off, may have (for his own sake?) been shocked by the seriousness of the injuries, but he seemed only superficially sympathetic. He did not immediately leash the pit bull, leaving open the possibility of a second attack; and he actually tried to shift blame to the victim: “I’m sorry my dog distracted you and that you fell!”
There was at least one eye witness who saw exactly what had happened and became very angry with the owner for letting the dog roam, unlawfully, off leash. This could happen to anyone, for example a child, and it certainly will happen, with a possibly fatal outcome next time. The pit bull was nearly the same weight as the cougar that recently killed a bicyclist.May 22, 2018 at 2:27 pm #59850May 23, 2018 at 11:07 am #59852
I’m very sorry this happened to you. We’ve lived in the neighborhood for many years now and the other day I witnessed an off leash dog attacking another dog. For a moment, it was pretty scary.
I also happen to work as a journalist and would like to schedule a call with you if you are open. You can email me: [email protected] Thank you!May 23, 2018 at 6:30 pm #59853
This attack was back in March, yes? I remember when it was originally discussed. It sounds horrible. What are you hoping to accomplish by bringing it up again now? Just more awareness that the problem still exists, pressure on Animal Control, something else.
Is there something we as a community can specifically help with?May 23, 2018 at 9:21 pm #59854
I was in the hospital and a rehab facility for eight weeks. I did not know the matter had been discussed on Wallyhood or even that Wallyhood existed!
When I learned about Wallyhood, I could not, at first, find the discussion to which you refer. So, when I joined, I started what I thought was the first discussion, under Dog Bite Attack’s. When I found the previous discussion, I was quite amazed to learn of others who had similar, or close call, experiences.
Now, I remain concerned for a couple of reasons: First, the proximity of children, middle schoolers, some seniors, like myself, and of course everyone else. Next, the continuing, based on communicated observations, of dog owners letting their pets, sometimes large and aggressive dogs, off leash on a daily basis. Finally, based on my and others’ experiences, the utter failure of local government to carry out its primary responsibility, the protection of its citizens. That includes the police, Animal Control, the Mayor and the City Council, and the local press.
The odds seem far too high that a catastrophic event in this community, perhaps similar to mine, or far worse, will occur sometime soon. So, consider my story the sounding of an alarm.May 24, 2018 at 8:34 am #59858
Keenebd’s experience was life changing forever. I am so so sorry. This should not happen. There are legitimate reasons for his concerns stated above. His injuries were awful. It affects his mobility for the rest of his life. Can you imagine being in the hospital for eight weeks, plus the rehab and continuing pain sustained from this incident?
Talar, I hope his response above helps you realize and understand the time lapse. With as much trauma that he experienced,I was bothered by your comments questioning why he brought it up again. But I think he explanation was helpful to all of us, and especially to you, since you asked the question.
The dog situation in the park is a tough one. My son and I were there a couple nights ago, sitting on a bench, watching the owners through balls for the dogs,watching the owners chat with each other. It was a delightful scene to watch on a beautiful summer night. However, keebd’s experience tells us that scene can change in a second to a person being bitten, and perhaps having their life changed forever.
By definition, it is a public playfield.
I don’t know how this situation can be resolved. I am not sure there is one, other than the rule on the sign as you enter the park, related to dogs in the park. It is not a dog park. It seems the summer evenings are the biggest problem. But this is also the time when parents with kids come to the park. Not to mention the frisbee players, and people playing catch.
I think the idea of the local press writing about this is a pretty good idea.
My heart goes out to every dog owner. I have enjoyed petting and admiring the dogs when I was there. But I also was warned by several dog owners who had their dogs off leash to stay far away from their dog, and they might attack me. Not good, regardless of the age of anyone.
In conclusion, I have no good resolutions to this issue that would make anyone happy. It is a sad situation. I know there are dog parks, but it seems that dog owners do not want to take their dogs there because of aggression from other dogs, and that it is very crowded.May 24, 2018 at 9:59 am #59859
@iowagirl – yes, by definition its a public playfield, with rules and laws applicable to itMay 28, 2018 at 8:33 pm #59870
I was attacked by a dog on January 2 while walking with a friend down at Green Lake. The dog was on a leash, but not tightly held enough, as it struck me from behind, biting deeply into my left fore arm, almost to the bone. I remember thinking, as I applied pressure to the wound, that this is kind of like a shark attack… I also wondered if I was going to bleed to death on the path at GreenLake, after living here for 44 years. Timely response by police and emergency folks, who sent me and my friend up to Urgent Care at Kaiser Permenante on Capitol Hill. Got cleaning and stitches, but five days later my body rejected the stitches, had to get them removed and new dressing applied. Animal Control arrived at my door the day after the attack, and informed me that the dog had a history of biting. They also said it should be put down. And yet it was being walked by a TRAINER, without a muzzle,at Green Lake! It attacked me completely unprovoked.
My experience was not as dire as this person’s, but it did take about 7 weeks for the wound to heal. But I am still experiencing PTSD from the attack, cannot be near any dogs, especially blue eyed Australian Shepherds like the crazy one which mauled me.
This wound would have killed a small child. It has permanently affected me.
This man who was mauled at the Wallingford playfield got it way worse, but there are more of us victims out here.May 29, 2018 at 4:24 pm #59878
Eliza – did you ever find out what happened to the dog and the owner?May 30, 2018 at 6:13 am #59879
Good grief. It sounds like one of the upgrades to Wallingford Playfield might need to be the installation of a stand to sell bear repellent or electrified night sticks, since depending on responsible dog ownership is apparently ineffective.May 30, 2018 at 8:32 pm #59880
I feel that the threat of death is now omnipresent.
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