Alexis Rose RunningHorse was leaving her friend’s house through the back door when the attack occurred. The pit bull was accompanied by a BLUE HEELER, but it is not yet clear if the heeler was directly involved. It isn’t yet known if the attack was provoked or not, and both dogs were placed under a 10-day quarantine.
According to RunningHorse’s grandmother and legal guardian, Carla CrazyThunder, RunningHorse was attacked, bitten and yanked around by both dogs after the girl walked outside. CrazyThunder said the dogs turned and saw her before darting toward her and attacking.
According to a report filed by animal control, RunningHorse sustained a tear on her upper lip and puncture wounds to her face that required stitches. She also had puncture wounds on her wrist and thigh, along with a variety of scratches and scrapes.
Initially, CrazyThunder didn’t intend to press charges against the dogs’ owner, Jina Davis. However, after deliberating with herself and considering the advice of friends and family, CrazyThunder decided to follow through with filing charges.
She also hopes to have both dogs euthanized. However, according to Mary Remer, director of Animal Services in Pocatello, since it’s the dogs’ first bite offense, if found guilty, they will be ordered to be spayed and neutered, microchipped and placed in a more strict environment. Both dogs were current on rabies vaccinations, and animal control hasn’t previously had any problems with either dog or their owner.
CrazyThunder says her granddaughter was traumatized by the incident. She doesn’t want to go to school for fear of being made fun of for her stitches and swollen face, and she’s now terrified of animals. Though RunningHorse had a pet dog for a brief period when she was much younger, she doesn’t want another one anymore.
Because of the swelling, the stitches and torn lip, it’s hard for RunningHorse to talk.
“Her few words were, ‘I don’t want to have a dog ever again, Grandma,’” CrazyThunder said.
CrazyThunder hopes to eventually reintroduce her granddaughter to animals to teach her that most are safe to be around. But her landlord doesn’t allow pets, and none of her friends have pets. So she’s turning to the community to perhaps lend a hand.
“If somebody has animals that are well-trained and can help me, ... I’d really, really like support,” CrazyThunder said.
This most recent attack is the third to occur in the Pocatello area in the past five months. In June, a Pocatello man shot and killed a pit bull on his 5-acre farm near Chinese Peak after it and another pit bull attempted to bite through a fence to get into his property. In early October, a Pocatello woman was attacked by two pit bulls on her front porch.
Remer encourages parents of small children to keep an eye on their kids when they’re around animals and pets.
“You never really want to leave your dogs unattended with kids,” she said. “Kids can send so many bad messages to dogs, and dogs have no way (of knowing how) to react. I’m not saying the girl started it, but if you really want to protect kids, never leave kids unattended.”