A trip to a local dog park suddenly turned into a terrifying ordeal for a woman and her dog. She said another dog attacked them both.
The woman is still recovering a month after the attack at the off-leash Waggin' Trail Dog Park on N. Oak Trafficway and E. 32nd Street in North Kansas City.
Kristi Kyle said she brought her dog to the dog park to have fun, but in an instant, their adventure turned into a painful nightmare.
"I've had her since she was 10 weeks old, so yes, she is my baby," Kyle says of her fluffy Siberian Huskey, Olive.
Two days after Thanksgiving, Kyle and her 65-pound "baby" headed to the dog park for some fresh air and exercise.
"She has many friends here that know her," Kyle said. "We come here very often."
She and Olive entered the first gate, but just as she opened the second gate to the dog park, Kyle says a white, female PIT BULL first charged at her huskey.
"All of a sudden, it just went after Olive and I scooped her up by her leash," Kyle said.
Kyle said the dog tore at Olive's fur.
"She got chunks of hair out of her neck," Kyle recalled. "On the ground, you could see chunks of hair everywhere."
A terrified Kyle said the pit bull then bit her on her leg and caused a serious wound.
"My leg was shaking. I could barely walk. I was limping. I was limping for about a week," she said.
She and olive were trapped in the small fenced enclosure with the pit bull.
"And I was screaming. I was saying 'someone help me! Someone help me!" she recalled.
Kyle said a man heard her screams, ran over and then pulled the dog off of her.
As for the dog's owner...
"No, didn't apologize, just walked out, leashed up his dog, stood there for a second and said he will not bring her back here," Kyle said.
She went to the emergency room, got a tetanus shot and as a result of the dog attack, she says she now has a blood clot in her leg. She also filed a police report.
"I just don't want anyone else to get hurt by this dog," Kyle said.
Kyle said her mounting medical bills have reached more than $800. She also said she and Olive won't be returning to that dog park any time soon.
Kansas City's Parks and Recreation department does have rules for off-leash dog parks.
- Handlers enter off-leash area at their own risk.
- Handlers must clean up after their dogs and dispose of all trash.
- Dogs may never be left unattended and must be under voice control at all times. There is a maximum of four (4) dogs per adult handler.
- Owners are responsible legally and financially for the actions of their dogs. Aggressive dogs should not be brought into the area, and any dog must be removed immediately if aggressive behavior is noted.
- Dogs must be healthy and free of parasites, properly licensed, vaccinated, and not in heat. No puppies under four months old are allowed.
- Children 8 years and under are not allowed in the off-leash dog area; children ages 9 – 15 must be accompanied by an adult. An adult handler is considered anyone over 16 years of age.
- Dogs must be leashed when outside of the fenced area. Handler should have the leash in hand when inside of the area.
- No human food is permitted in the fenced/off-leash area. Handlers using dog treats must assume the risk of safe handling.
- Prong, choke and spike collars must be removed for safety reasons.
- Handlers are subject to all applicable city ordinances.