From Turn To 23
An Oildale man is recovering in the hospital after being attacked by two pit bulls. The attack happened around dusk Thursday night at a home in the 500 block of Wisteria Street.
Family members who witnessed the attacked told ABC 23 that 29 year-old Luis Luque was attacked unprovoked by two pit bulls. According to Luque's girlfriend, he had been to that home many times before to talk to the residents who live there and nothing ever happened with the dogs.
"He just walked up to the door and knocked. They opened the door and one of the dogs went after his leg. Luis knocked off the dog from his leg, and that's when the other pit attacked his face and I started to scream," said Victoria Flye.
Dr. Vip Dev, a local plastic and reconstructive surgeon got the call to do the emergency surgery late Thursday. Luque had extensive reconstructive surgery done to his face, nose and lips as a result of the attack.
The attacked happened in front of Flye and Luque's daughter who said they are now dealing with the emotional scars. What makes matters worse for the family is that they don't have medical insurance.
Dev said he is not going to charge the family for his services to repair Luque's face, which would have cost more than $10,000.
Update July 8, 2010 11:51am - The following article is by Mark Christian, ABC 23:
Recent Dog Attack Sparks Concern With Animal Commission
The Kern County Animal Control Commission wants to see a change in the policy regarding dangerous dogs.
The commission has already made some recommendations for their meeting with the board of supervisors later this month.
The commission said that they have some grave concerns about the way animal control has handled policy and wants to give the law more teeth. The commission cannot make policy or change laws, but said it's their responsibility to make sure the proper actions are taken to keep the public safe and wants to see policy changed regarding dangerous dogs.
“Not enough action is being taken. We want to see the laws a bit more stiff and put pressure on animal control to follow its policy,” said Susan Madigan of the Kern County Animal control commission.
Madigan contacted ABC 23 and said her concern stems from, in part, when a man was attacked in Oildale recently, allegedly by two pit bull leaving his face disfigured.
In that particular situation, the dog owner’s family said the man who was attacked was attempting to break-in and then he stabbed and killed the one dog that attacked him. The attacked man’s family said he was visiting a friend when both dogs attacked him before he stabbed one of the dogs.
Kern County Animal Control quarantined the surviving pit bill at the residence, pending an investigation.
The commission said more should have been done by the animal control officer right after the attack. "Unfortunately there have been many situations similar to this where a dog has attacked a person or another dog. Than animal control officers have made statements that nothing could be done because they didn't witness the attack," said Madigan.
The commission also wants to see the laws changed regarding dangerous dogs from what they call vague to more specific categories.
The commission also said that the appeal process would stop any further action taken against an alleged dangerous dog pending the outcome of an investigation. The commission will meet to discuss the changes on July 21.