Incident points up danger of animal attacks

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 19, 2003

When Eric Tyus went browsing inside a local store last June, the Selma resident never expected to be attacked by dogs.

But that’s exactly what he claims happened as he made his way through the aisles.

Tyus said he spent the rest of the day in the hospital getting treatment for his wounds. He eventually contacted the Selma Police Department and filed a complaint.

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According to Animal Control officer Larry Purifoy, Tyus did the right thing by notifying the police.

Purifoy said animal attacks are fairly common in Selma, even among dogs that are normally very gentle.

Animal control officers investigate all animal complaints filed with the Selma Police Department and are also notified of animal attack victims by the local hospital.

Purifoy said any dog involved in an attack is usually held for 10 days. Owners also face hefty fines.

Purifoy said anytime someone if confronted by a growling, defensive dog, they should fight the urge to run away.

The officer also advised owners to keep their pets penned up or on a leash to prevent attacks from occurring.