Archive for Thursday, November 29, 2012

Family trying to find dog that bit woman

November 29, 2012, 11:33 a.m. Updated November 29, 2012, 3:20 p.m.


3 p.m. story update

Lawrence police say they have located the owner of the dog involved in the incident, and they were able to provide the appropriate vaccination information.

A police spokesman said it's not clear if the victim in the case received the information before any rabies vaccination shots were administered.

Original story

A woman who was bitten by a dog on Wednesday is trying to track down the dog and its owner because she is about to start a series of painful rabies shots.

The woman's family is urging anyone with information about the dog or the attack to call Animal Control at (785) 832-7590 or Laurie Peter, the woman's sister, at (908) 500-8438.

The dog needs to be found so that officials can determine its rabies immunization status.

Flyers are being handed out that say, "The woman was bitten and will have to endure the series of painful, grueling shots beginning at noon today, Thursday, Nov. 29 if we do not find out the rabies immunization status of this dog."

The woman was walking her small leashed dog near the Briarwood Development on the Folks Street sidewalk around 1 p.m. Wednesday.

A man with two large dogs, which were running free, was in the area. One of the dogs, which appeared to be a Rottweiler mix, attacked the woman's dog and bit the woman on the thumb. The small dog received three puncture wounds and is recovering, Peter said.

The man was described as white with medium build and short black hair, probably in his 20s or 30s. The man got the dog off the smaller dog and then walked away, Peter said.

Even if the woman starts the rabies shots today there is still a chance she will not have to undergo the entire series of shots if the dog's status can be determined in a timely manner, Peter said.


itsalwayssunnyinlarry 5 years, 2 months ago

it's not like it used to be you don't have to get 20 in your abdominal area anymore.

Boston_Corbett 5 years, 2 months ago

This is correct. The post-exposure series is like other routine injections.

Pepe 5 years, 2 months ago

Just have the shots. I have had the series of rabies shots -- ain't no big deal. They were minimally painful and definitely not "grueling".

Pepe 5 years, 2 months ago

Meanwhile, I suspect the real reason they are looking for the dog is so that they can sue the owner.

shadowlady 5 years, 2 months ago

Yep maybe so, that they want to sue the owner of the dogs, BUT there are kids that walk home from school, and they do not need to be attacked by any dog. The owner still needs to found, and fined and make sure he doesn't let his dogs off any leash.

bornon7 5 years, 2 months ago

The owner killed? Not the dog's fault it was loose. Hope you don't have pets.

SloMo 5 years, 2 months ago

Or maybe it's a just a good idea to try to find the dog to make sure it has been vaccinated, since it is a proven biter. If there's a dog living near you that's been known to bite people, wouldn't you want to make sure that it's been vaccinated? And wouldn't you want to at least try to convince the dog's owner not to let it run loose anymore?

jafs 5 years, 2 months ago

And why shouldn't the owner have to pay for the shots?

Having dogs loose is a violation of city ordinances, and it's just plain irresponsible and inconsiderate, to boot.

otto 5 years, 2 months ago

jhawkmamax214 minutes ago

Apparently not the painful ordeal it used to be, but who pays for it?

If you don't want to die from rabies I would guess you.

jafs 5 years, 2 months ago

Given that the treatment is only necessary because of the negligence of the dog's owner, I'd say the owner should pay.

jonas_opines 5 years, 2 months ago

If a woman is legitimately bitten then the body has ways . . . .

jonas_opines 5 years, 2 months ago

Why would you take out your anger for the stupidity and cowardice of a dog owner on the dog?

jonas_opines 5 years, 2 months ago

"id shoot both of them."

Out of control ids are dangerous. Adjust your superego.

Terry Sexton 5 years, 2 months ago

Man up, big dog dude. Pay the lady's expenses.

Don't lose control of your loose dog. The owner was the looser & the unfortunate lady & her dog were the losers.

Is this a great story for an English lesson or what?!

jjt 5 years, 2 months ago

Why are you bringing the English we have bitten any Americans for years........

bearded_gnome 5 years, 2 months ago

uh, unless it's changed in the last 8 years, the rabies injection process was quite painful though wasn't the shot in the stomach! yes, I had to have rabies shots, got finger bitten by a stupid little ankle biter dog that jumped my dog.

the shots in my arm, no problem.


however, it also included a series of several small shots around the site of the wound.
that was very very very painful, and grueling is a good description.

50YearResident 5 years, 2 months ago

Don't bite victims hace 7 to 10 days before rabies shots have to be given? 24 hours doesn't require a start of the shots. Correct me if I am wrong.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 2 months ago

letting his dogs run loose is just amazing bad, for him, the dog and our city. if he loves his dog, he should know it's too dangerous to let a dog be loose, to dangerous for the dog.

I'm glad they got the vaccine info for the poor bitten woman, based on my experience, I think it probably avoided some of the shots, but she had to have the series around the wound. the finger has so many nerve endings, just the wound itself is pretty derned painful!

LWbored 5 years, 2 months ago

Compton, Self, Fritzel... build me a dog park in town so dogs can run free and delicious ladies won't be bitten!

bearded_gnome 5 years, 2 months ago

50year, no, you do have to begin the shots right away.

Jean1183 5 years, 2 months ago

Please don't blame the dog. It may not normally be a biter. Sounds like it attacked the woman's dog (natural dog aggression) and then the woman got bit (probably trying to separate the dogs).

However, it IS the owner's fault for not having his dog under control (on a leash).

lpks 5 years, 2 months ago

Good morning. I'm reading the comments with interest. I'm Laurie who was referenced in the story. This happened to my sister. It is a "big deal." She endured eight shots yesterday. My sister picked up her dog to protect him from the attacker-- and was twice attacked. It was a scary and frightening ordeal--unprovoked. Her little dog is injured; has deep puncture wounds, is limping and on pain medication. He whimpers when anyone tries to pet or pick him up. His wounds are being cleaned twice a day. He received an antibiotic shot. Resting for him means not wanting to leave the house and doesn't want or can't go on his daily walks. We trust the legal process to work. We are grateful for the support from the Lawrence community, the Animal Control Officers and the local media. Thank-you Lawrence community for your amazing support.

Chad Hasler 5 years, 2 months ago

@LJworld, I understand the city has a leash law, but I constantly see large dogs being walked in the city not on a leash. I have two small dogs that are always on a leash, and this makes me very angry and nervous. Is there a way to report people walking dogs not on a leash? Will they be fined? Thanks!

bearded_gnome 5 years, 2 months ago

Chasdial 832-7509 and report immediately for animal control please!

bearded_gnome 5 years, 2 months ago

lpks, I'm so sorry for your dog. dog attacks are very traumatic. I hope for your dog's recovery and your sister's.

like_n_Lawrence 5 years, 2 months ago

What, no pictures of the bite? Come on Journal World. It sounds like it was a bad attack. Is she in the hospital? Did they sew her up?

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