Dog Attack

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The 2-year-old child attacked by a dog at a Liberty home early Monday is identified as Logan Homolka of Grand Island.

The Gage County sheriff's office says the boy suffered deep facial lacerations from below his right eye to his jaw, and several puncture wounds. He is in fair condition at a Lincoln hospital Tuesday morning.

Sheriff's deputies say the child and his mother were staying as guest in the Joe Wiles home when the boy apparently awoke and got out a playpen about 3:50 a.m. Monday.

Authorities say when the child began walking toward the bedroom of the home's owner, the 3-year-old mixed-breed dog may have mistaken the child as an intruder and attacked.

Deputies say the dog has been placed in quarantine for a ten-day rabies observation.

Liberty is a community of about 90 residents 19 miles southeast of Beatrice.

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How to Avoid a Dog Attack
Here's How:

  • Keep a safe distance between yourself and dogs being walked on leash.
  • Ask owner's permission before approaching a dog, on leash or in yard.
  • Never approach a barking, snarling, sleeping, eating, or nursing dog.
  • Do not stare the dog in the eyes.
  • Turn sideways and slowly withdraw.
  • Put an object such as a tree, post, or bench between you and the dog.
  • Speak softly and gently to calm the dog, "Good dog, it's OK, go home."
  • Stand still or maintain a constant slow pace out of the dog's territory.
  • If local law allows, use pepper spray when charged by the dog.
  • If charged, get something between you and the dog's mouth: umbrella, pack, jacket, stick.
  • If attacked, curl up in a ball and protect your face, neck, and head.
  • Report unleashed aggressive dogs to the local police.

Tips:

  • You can't outrun the dog, not even an Olympic sprinter could.
  • Be aware of dogs a block or more ahead, change your route or turn around to avoid unleashed dogs.
  • Know the weapons laws in the community you are walking in and obey them.

    www.walking.about.com contributed these tips.


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