Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

October 29, 2012

Dog bites elderly man, quarantined 10 days

Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — The 10-day quarantine of a dog that bit an elderly man while walking along Jackson Trail in southern Barren County will expire in four days. 

The quarantine began on Oct. 22 after Malcolm Smith, 80, was bitten on the back of the leg by a neighbor's Australian Shepherd mix dog.

According to Smith's stepson, Rick Batson, who spoke on his stepfather's behalf, the dog ran down the yard to Smith and bit him, leaving a deep gash that required six stitches.

“It took me the better part of 10 minutes to stop the bleeding,” said Batson.

Batson is concerned about his stepfather's welfare. Smith is a diabetic and because of his medical condition, wounds can easily become infected.

There have been problems with the dog in the past.

“This dog has charged at him several times,” Batson said, adding that his stepfather, who is a dog lover, usually waves his cane in the air and the dog retreats. “But this day the dog did not.”

The Barren County Sheriff's Office was notified of the dog bite and Deputy Mike Houchens filed a report on the incident.


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