JACKSON COUNTY KS - A PRESA CANARIO DOG ATTACKED A SOCIAL WORKER AS SHE ATTEMPTED TO MAKE A VISIT AT A RESIDENCE
A social worker attacked by a dog Friday in rural Jackson County was taken to a hospital in serious condition, the sheriff said.
Sheriff Tim Morse in a news release said the social worker was attacked by a PRESA CANARIO DOG when she arrived for a visit at a residence outside Delia, in southwestern Jackson County.
The woman drove herself to the Potawatomi Tribal Fire Station for help shortly after 1:30 p.m., Morse said, and the tribal fire department took her to a Topeka hospital.
He said the woman was in serious but stable condition as of Friday night.
The dog’s owner, whom Morse identified as Kevin McGillivary, wasn’t home when the social worker was attacked, but he and his dogs have a history of encounters with the sheriff’s office.
On Nov. 24, 2014, deputies responded to an address south of McGillivary’s residence at 10810 J. Road, where his neighbor’s chickens had been killed and the neighbor had received minor injuries from a different Presa Canario dog McGillivary owned, Morse said.
“A Jackson County Deputy was forced to shoot the dog in self-defense at that scene,” Morse said in the release.
The dog survived its injuries and was impounded, Morse said, but it was later released by the court on the condition that it couldn’t remain in Jackson County.
In April 2016, McGillivary was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Holton on a warrant charging him with permitting a dangerous animal to be at large.
Morse said deputies impounded the dog that attacked the social worker and that reports would be forwarded to the Jackson County Attorney’s Office for review.