Pit bulls. I've never like those dogs. And now that I've been bitten by one of them, you can bet I like them far less than I did.
When I was bitten on the lower right arm by a blue pit bull last Thursday night while covering a news story involving the sighting of a black bear off Daggett Road in McDuffie County, I felt like a victim. Actually, I was.
It was something that should never have happened. Yet it did.
At the time, I was merely doing my job as a reporter. I was attempting to interview two local teenagers about them having reportedly seen the bear. I had planned to get comments from the two boys.
As it turned out, the blue pit bull, who goes by the name, "Clue" had other plans.
I never got a chance to interview those two boys. Clue took that opportunity from me when he suddenly lunged - not appearing friendly, judging by his face, but more like a dog on a mission.
Thank the good Lord that I was able to respond quickly to what I thought was about to happen. My instincts were correct.
As soon as he jumped up and I turned my head away from him, the dog's mouth made contact with my arm, sinking his teeth in and drawing blood. At first I couldn't believe what had just happened.
I mean I did absolutely nothing to provoke this dog in any manner.
Luckily, Deputies Alan Baldwin and Marc Thompson were standing near me when this happened - Deputy Baldwin actually drawing his Taser from its holster. He never had to use it because the boy pulled back on the chain around the dog's neck.
Meanwhile, Deputy Baldwin radioed an ambulance for me, while several people ran inside their homes to fetch medical supplies for me.
I deeply appreciate everyone who helped me.
Later, I went to the emergency room of McDuffie Regional Medical Center where I was treated for the dog bite by Dr. Mary Powell.
I couldn't have asked to be treated any better than I was at our local hospital. We're all very fortunate as residents of McDuffie County and surrounding counties to have the kind of hospital that we have, as well as the fine staff of people who work there.
Brenda Turner-Griffin, an ER LPN, Ronald Burke, an ER LPN and Debbie Plemons, an ER clerk - all treated me so nicely, as did Gary Palmer, a paramedic with the McDuffie County Emergency Medical Services.
Hopefully, everything will work out alright and I'll learn soon some good news - that this dog has had up-to-date vaccination shots.