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Pierce County, Washington – Women And Horses injured After Dog Attacks While on the Trail

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Posted on October 15, 2019

Tacoma, Washington (October 11, 2019) – Two riders and their horses were the victims of a dog bite attackthat also led to one of the riders crashing into a tree on Friday morning. One of the victims, Vanessa Farrish, sustained a concussion, bites and bruises, and was taken to an emergency room for treatment. One of the horses had to be taken to the vet to have its wounds stitched and stapled up.

According to the report, the incident happened on a popular equestrian trail near Waller. Cheryl Vanackeren and her niece Vanessa Farrish were riding the trail when a pit bull appeared and started attacking them. The dog was reported to have grabbed Farrish’s leg and pulled the rider out from her saddle, causing her to hit a tree. The attack was said to have lasted a few minutes. The family and Pierce County Animal Control are currently looking for the owner of the dog.

About Dog Bites

From the unfortunate circumstances which has come onto the victims in this case, we extend our sympathies and well wishes for recovery. Dog bites are a serious matter, involving a very painful and sometimes scarring experience for the persons involved. Injuries from dog bites can include amputation, disfigurement, and injuries to the neck, face, nerves and eyes. Unfortunately, over half of the reported dog bite victims are children, who may not be able to recognize the warning signs an aggressive animal might attack.

According to statistics from, from January 2005 to March 2018, the number one breed involved in fatal dog attacks on humans are pit bulls, the same breed of dog involved in this case.  Pit bulls account for more than half of the report with 284 cases, or 65.6% of all cases. It should be noted that each dog’s individual disposition differs even in the same breed, and it would be wise to be cautious around any dog one is not familiar with regardless of breed. People should not be deterred from getting a certain breed of dog, but it would do well for owners to be familiar with capability of the dog so as to be more able to be responsible for the dog.