Saturday, May 14, 2011

Second attack from a loose dog

From The Lake Wales News

Loose dogs are still creating havoc in Lake Wales. As a local woman recovers from an April 18 attack by two mixed breed pitbulls, a second attack by “a large wandering dog” sent another woman to Lake Wales Medical Center Thursday, according to Lake Wales Police records.
Robin Smith was bitten as she was leaving the Christian Science Society Church at 1550 E. Burns Ave. According to the narrative, Smith had just left the church when she saw a large rust-colored dog right by the church door. Smith said she tried to calm the agitated dog as she walked toward the church office; a large trailer with three “riser” steps leading to the door. She did not notice the new litter of puppies under the steps, and as she started up the steps, the large stray, who was apparently the mother dog, attacked her. The dog bit a large chunk from her lower left leg area.

Smith was reportedly able to free herself from the animal’s grip and called for help. Polk County Animal Control located the owner, James Hopkins, who lives a block east of the church. Hopkins was cited and the puppies and mother dog, as well as another wandering dog, were removed by animal control.
Smith refused transport by Polk County Emergency Medical Services, but was subsequently taken by family members to LWMC, where she received 25 stitches for her injury, and was then released.
Lake Wales does have an ordinance on the books that dogs must be kept on a leash when off the owner’s property.

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