Thursday, August 13, 2015

MACON COUNTY NC - AN PARAMEDIC WAS BITTEN BY A PIT BULL AS SHE RESPONDED TO A MOTORCYCLE WRECK - EMERGENCY SERVICES DIRECTOR SAYS THE PIT SHOULD BE DECLARED VICIOUS BUT ANIMAL CONTROL SAYS IT IS NOT EVEN POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS


A pregnant paramedic in Macon County was bitten while on the job by a PIT BULL. 

Now different county departments are at odds over whether to call the dog dangerous.

Amanda Blanton is doing OK after getting bitten twice responding to a motorcycle wreck on Patton Road.

The initial bite report from Animal Control deems the dog not potentially dangerous, but the emergency services department says it should be.

Blanton and other EMS workers responded to the wreck on Tuesday afternoon. The victim had non-life threatening injuries and made his way into a pickup truck driven by an acquaintance.  The male pit bull was inside. While assisting, the Emergency Services Director says the pit bull bit Blanton twice on the right arm and breast.

Warren Cabe feels the dog is dangerous, especially with NO RABIES VACCINATION  at the time of the attack, which he says was unprovoked. He’s written a letter requesting the dog be declared vicious.

“Our office has requested in writing that the animal be declared vicious per our local ordinances and obviously at that point everything will be turned over to Animal Control,” Cabe said. 

He says his EMS workers put their lives on the line every day.

“You always see the big stories -- the gunfire, the big fires. But there are things every day that can cause them issues. And this is just a really good example of that.”

For now, the dog is quarantined at the animal shelter.

“We'll hold the dog for 10 days, observe it, make sure it doesn't show any kind of abnormal behavior,” Macon County Animal Control Director John Hook said. 

Hook says after 10 days a committee of the sheriff, a commissioner, and the health director will decide if the dog is "vicious."  If that’s the determination, it might be returned to the owner and must be kept inside or muzzled and leashed when outside.

THERE HAVE BEEN 44 CALLS TO THE PIT BULL OWNER'S HOUSE IN THE LAST TEN YEARS, A HANDFUL FOR ANIMAL CONTROL ISSUES, MOST RECENTLY IN APRIL.  BUT IT'S NOT CLEAR IF THOSE ANIMAL CONTROL ISSUES RELATE TO THIS PARTICULAR PIT BULL.

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THE SAME DOG WAS IN THE SHELTER IN JUNE, ACCORDING TO HOOK BECAUSE IT SCRATCHED AN INDIVIDUAL.  IT WASN'T A BITE BUT WAS TREATED AS A BITE.

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http://www.wlos.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/pregnant-ems-worker-bitten-pit-bull-22330.shtml#.Vc0_MvlVhHy



3 comments:

Sweetie Pie said...

Normal human beings need to start boycotting anyone who expects them to expose themselves to pit bull type dogs. In a car with a pit bull? Don't care if you're bleeding to death, ain't comin' near ya. House burning down with your pit bull in it? We'll let it burn. Your own pit bull attacking you? Call us when it's over, we'll tell you which bus to take to the hospital.

Either that or arm all public service workers and send them out with instructions to shoot the pit bull dead as a doornail before offering help to any nutter. Nutter don't want Frankie the Mauler shot, then nutter can bleed out without our help.

They don't care so many of us are losing our lives. Why should we care when they lose theirs?

Dayna Hamilton said...

They can call the stupid dog anything they want, but it should have been dead the day it attacked.

Anonymous said...

This is what angers me so much, irresponsible nutters getting second chances. The pit bull was not vaccinated for rabies, it bit someone, and they're going to give this worthless animal back to the undeserving nutter? They don't want to declare the pit bull vicious, what would they call it then? A helpful therapy life flight dog?