Fri - Jan 27, 2012 - Alexander J. Spencer '15 was attacked by a dog as he walked onto JFK Street at 3 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon.
Spencer said her was on his way to crew practice at Weld Boat House when the dog, which he identified as a PIT BULL, lunged at him and bit his arm. The attack was unprovoked, according to Spencer:
"I'M TRYING TO THINK OF A REASON, BECAUSE THE ATTACK DOESN'T REALLY MAKE ANY SENSE," HE SAID. "I WAS IN SHOCK AND THERE WAS BLOOD ALL OVER ME AND ALL OVER MY ARM."
Spencer immediately pushed the dog away as its owner pulled the animal off of him. He received 6 puncture wounds from the dog's initial bite in addition to several scrapes.
After the attack, Spencer asked the dog owner to wait while he called the police. But Spencer said that the man, who had been soliciting money on the sidewalk with his dog, quickly packed up his belongings and left the scene. As Spencer called police, he walked to the nearby Harvard University Health Services, where his puncture wounds were treated. He received rabies shots as a precautionary measure - 9 shots went into each puncture wound and he must return several times in the next two weeks to receive further vaccinations
Spencer , who is a Crimson arts writer, said that the police assured him that they will continue to look for the man and his dog.