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Dogs Attack Washington Man

Last updated on Tuesday, April 10, 2012

(WASHINGTON) - A leisurely drive and walk Wednesday morning turned into a trip to the emergency room for Danny Crosby of Washington.

Andrea McCann, of the Washington Times-Herald, reports that Crosby, who'll be 70 in June, said as he began to walk near the levee and pumping station off CR 375W, north of CR 150N, three pit bulls came bounding over the levee. He said the largest of the three dogs grabbed him by the arm and then took off, leaving scrape marks and torn skin on one arm and a puncture mark on the other.

"It happened so darn quick," Crosby said.

As he got back into the car to drive himself to the Daviess Community Hospital ER, he said he noticed a girl come up over the levee. Crosby said he assumed the girl was letting her dogs get some exercise.

"They should keep them on a leash," he said of all dog owners. "Of course, it was in the country. She may have been letting the dogs run."

By the time the sheriff's department was notified and a deputy dispatched to the scene, the dogs and their owner were gone. Now Crosby and his family are left with two concerns: Were the dogs vaccinated? Could this happen to someone else, perhaps even a child?

Crosby's daughter, Missy Hinkle, is hoping by circulating a description of the vehicle parked at the scene, someone will recognize it and let the Daviess County Sheriff's Department know who the owner is so they can check the dogs' vaccination history and make sure they're contained so they don't harm anyone else. She said the truck was described as a dark blue, extended-cab, two-wheel-drive Chevrolet.

"There's got to be somebody who knows who this is," Hinkle said.

The two smaller dogs were white, according to Crosby, and the dog that attacked him was brown and white. He said they wore collars and tags.

"They looked like healthy dogs to me," he said.

According to the complaint at the sheriff's department, a deputy spoke to people in the area who saw a truck matching the description. They said it had Texas plates, and a man and woman loaded the dogs and left about 15 minutes before the deputy arrived.

Hinkle, who's raised Rottweilers, another so-called "bully breed," said she doesn't blame the dogs.

"Pit bulls are very smart dogs," she said. "A dog is what it is because of its raising. I truly believe that."

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