Victims’ Stories 14

Last photo taken of Dax (3/5/13)

Daxton’s Friends for Canine Education & Awareness has the goal of providing assistance to the many victims of dog attacks and maulings that include people and animals alike. One of the means we use to do this is to share victims’ stories. We have received many stories and are in the process of compiling and formatting them to publish on our site. Please check back to this page in the near future to learn more about the journeys of several victims. If you are a victim and require our services or would like to share your experiences, please e-mail [email protected].

#WontBackDown – Awareness for Victims of Canine Attack from Avoca on Vimeo.

Human victims

-Isaiah Ray Aguilar

-Chase Anthony

-Daxton James Borchardt

-Jeff & Kim Borchardt

-Evy Christine

-Konen Dean Asa Dagley

-Christian Gormanous

-Gavin Ray Guzman

-Kara Hartrich

-John Harvard

-Colleen Lynn

-Ryan Maxwell

-Lukas Pitcock

-Beau Rutledge

-Jordan Ryan

-Rachel Simas

-Dominic Solesky

-Betty Anne Chapman Todd

-Zachary Wright


When A Dog Is Injured Or Killed

Who the book is for

You may be entitled to compensation if your dog was injured or killed by another dog, or was hurt through the negligence of another person or a contaminated product. There is no reason to bear the emotional pain and get stuck with the vet bills too. Not only would that be unfair, it also is unnecessary.

What To Do If Your Dog Is Injured Or Killed will enable you to get compensated for veterinarian bills, emotional distress, and anything else that you are legally entitled to receive. It has helped thousands of dog owners to get what they deserve. Readers say“it pays for itself” and has “everything I need to make the other dog owner reimburse me.”

Click here to read more

Animal victims

-Quinn Brunkan

-Vargas Elliot

-Angel Harms

-Bartok Jean

-Daisy Kennedy

-Mischa Lazar

-Rocky Palen

-Bella Peer

-Baby Donkey Samuelson

-Ruby Scott

-Gypsy Turner

Pet Care: Keeping you, your dogs safe outside

By Julie Damron – Special to The Record  – Posted Feb. 6, 2015 @ 6:15 pm

Dog attacks pose a serious threat to both you and your dog. Unfortunately, these incidences are not uncommon in our area. Our clinic recently treated several dogs that have been attacked when out exercising. Some clients also have suffered injuries.

Here are some strategies to help protect you and your companion.

Establish a routine for safety. Bring a cell phone with you at all times so that you can call for assistance, if needed. Walk in familiar neighborhoods and only during daylight hours. Avoid areas that you know might have free-roaming or aggressive dogs. Carry a large stick such as a walking stick or golf club with you. You also may want to have pepper spray/mace.

Pay attention to what is going on and be proactive. Be on the alert and look around for any roaming dogs, and try to stay away from them. Report any loose dogs to animal control as soon as possible. Watch for other people approaching with dogs and give them adequate space or consider crossing the street to avoid a confrontation. Do not walk an intact female dog if she is in heat.

Try to remove yourself and your dog from an attack as soon as possible. Carry small dogs when large dogs are present. Do not try to separate dogs using your hands; use the stick instead to stop a fight or ward off an attacking dog. It can be very difficult to separate dogs once they are fighting, and it is easy to get bitten, even by your own dog. A stick or golf club is a safer implement to use to try to pull off an attacking canine. Pouring water from a water bottle on a dog, blowing a loud whistle or having some other noise device also can be helpful. Pepper spray also can be beneficial.

Get as much information as possible if there is a fight. If there is an incident, take pictures of the attacking dog, your pet’s injuries and the surrounding neighborhood. If another pet owner is present, try to get vaccine information for the other dog. Contact animal control or the police as soon as possible.

Provide medical care for your dog, even if everything seems fine. It is important to have your dog examined after any altercation with another dog. Some injuries may not be immediately or readily apparent. Even minor trauma can become a serious issue if it is not adequately cared for. Treatment recommendations may include shaving and wound cleaning, drain placement, radiographs, blood work, intravenous fluids, hospitalization and more. Medications such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and other pain medications may be prescribed.

I hope these tips help to keep you and your canine safe. Be aware that the risk of a dog attack is very real, and in some instances may not be fully preventable.

— Julie Damron is a veterinarian at Sierra Veterinary Clinic in Stockton. Contact her at [email protected].

Featured Pages:

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

14 thoughts on “Victims’ Stories

  • Hanchen

    We had a wonderful pit when I was young. We also had Bullterriers. I never believed these attacks and always thought they were isolated cases and that the dogs wouldn’t just attack without being provoked so I started doing research and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I started educating myself and I wholeheartedly support the banning of dangerous dog breeds, especially pits. I also try to warn other people but most of the time I’m ridiculed and attacked by my pit loving friends. Nobody is as blind as those who refuse to see and god forbid one of them becomes a statistic because I know only when a tragedy occurs will they maybe think back that the crazy lady who tried to warn them maybe did know what she was talking about. I’m not against the dog itself but you cannot love away genetics and they should not be owned by the general public.

  • Bruce

    I had no idea these attacks were so prevalent until exploring this site. I have seen some news of attacks and was a bit concerned, but this has really opened my eyes.
    Thank you

  • Rayleen Leal

    I have finally made up my mind at age 60. I support you. Many years I never had an opinion, then I disliked pitbulls and was afraid, then I met one and loved it and mourned it, then I watched your story on Fifth Estate. I would never have one and I am now afraid again. Afraid for those who will come after your son because they were naive. After reading the beginnings of this breed and those like them it only makes sense. All during The Fifth Estate I kept saying what about genetics? Like Susan said #until you can tell me which one will and which one won’t [bite]…” and this is still in the realm of Science Fiction. Giving my personal circumstances I cannot help you financially. Hair in my province there is a possibility it will become an issue soon and I will support a band. My heart is with you all and your son. X0 Rayleen

  • Shawn Aikman

    Today, was the third anniversary death of 6 year old Joshua Strother. I wish that I could send a picture. But he died July 7, 2015. Another senseless death. I wish that I could do more.

  • Wendy Dixon

    I had been staying in an Assisted Living Facility since December, 2012. The owner/manager had 5 grandchildren visiting, 14, 7, 6, 3 and 1. The children were playing in the pool and I was reading outside on June 14, 2013 when the owner’s Pit Bull Terrier kept trying to run and jump with the children They asked me to take the dog inside the house. I said, “Come on. Let’s go inside.” I did not touch him, strike him or raise my voice. I simply approached him while speaking. He issued no growl, no sharp look. bark or snap. He simply clamped onto my right arm, severing an artery and dragged me until I lying was on the deck. He continued to maul me, both arms, bites to my chin and a lower area (not leg). I somehow managed to flip over a plastic settee and maneuver it over myself as some protection. The Pit did not stop mauling until I had severe injuries to both arms and tow (2) severed arteries, one (1) on each arm. Neighbors heard me screaming for help and came armed (1 gun, 1 baseball bat), the only reason he stopped attacking. 4 units of blood, 3 surgeries and 17 days later I was released from the hospital. The orthopedic surgeon told my son I’d have no use of 1, if not both arms. Thank you, God, he never told me this. I can no longer use my right arm completely (I have one [1] ligament left) and I have a metal plate in my left arm from the shattering sustained by the attack, but have learned to type with two (2) fingers (instead of the 60-70 wpm.ptbm [prior to being mauled]).

    If the Pit had attacked one (1) of the children, I doubt he or she would have lived. For this I am truly grateful. I am also very grateful for the kindness of the neighbors who came to my rescue. I am one (1) of the lucky ones. I am alive.

  • Nora

    on april2nd me and my dog roscoe were attacked by a pitbull, if it was not for the 3 men that rescued us and put the pitbull down we would of been dead. we our asking for donations at

  • Bea Kennedy

    Our little Pom-poo was viciously attacked last Wednesday. She was sliced open all across her tummy and side. She was tethered just 4-5 ft from my front door. I had just tied her out to potty and 30 seconds later she was ripped apart by the neighbors pit bull. She’s now recovering and luckily is still with us. The owners of the pit are denying it was their dog even tho there were 4 of us who saw the dog up close as it kept trying to get at our Daisy while we were trying desperately to save her. This dog has prior attacks on other pets which I did not know about til after the fact. It had been removed once and returned to the owners. Now my mission is to end this dogs existence before it attacks again. I despise that breed and am so fearful for my granddaughters safety now who happens to live here as well. I don’t ever want to go thru that again. I feel so sorry for those who have lost a person or pet. I can’t imagine the anger.

  • Cindy Ryder

    I was attacked and my Chihuahua killed. I am sick of people blaming the owners when this breed was bred to fight and kill. They are not pets and I can’t believe how many stupid people there are that have them. My dogs name was Bartok and he would be seven on August 3rd. Now all I have are scares and a container of his ashes.