A 9 year old Omaha girl is now recovering at home after being released from a hospital Monday. On Saturday a family friend brought over a one-year-old Old English Bulldog and was bit in the face. The girl will need reconstructive surgery. The owner was cited and the dog is quarantined at the Nebraska Humane Society.
N-H-S spokesperson Pam Wiese says this is a reminder that every dog has the potential to bite and parents should remind their children dog safety. Wiese says if a person is approached by a snarling dog, don’t run. She says the best thing one can do is “be a tree”. That means stop, place arms straight down to the side and don’t make eye contact with the dog. Chances are the dog will bark, sniff and then move on.
She says many dogs bite when they are sleeping and then startled. She says others are protective of their food or chew toy and could bite to protect what is theirs. Dogs are also protective of their environment so never approach a dog behind a fence or if they are in a car.
Wiese says there is always an increase in the number of dog bites reported in the spring and summer months. More people are spending time outside and there is a bigger chance that gates are left open and dogs escape their yards.