FLANDERS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island man continues to recover after a brutal attack by a dog hat remains remained on the loose in a community full of children.
After three weeks, dog mauling victim Gregory Madr of Flanders was taking his first mincing steps Wednesday.
Police said he was blindsided – knocked over in his own front yard, clawed, and chewed by a ferocious dog that is still on the loose.
“The dog was very vicious animal,” Madr said. “First it went for my arm, then my leg, and that’s when it went for my face or throat.”
Madr said he was turning from his mailbox when a black dog with silver and tan markings sprang out of nowhere. He was taken down under the force of the animal, fracturing his spine.
The animal went on to bite through Madr’s arm and leg. He screamed for his wife, Debbie.
“He was on the ground and full of blood and I freaked out,” Debbie Madr said. “He said, ‘Call the police.’ He was attacked by the dog.”
The Madrs live across from the Flanders Ambulance Corps. Within minutes, Gregory Madr was rushed to Peconic Bay Medical Center.
Southampton Town Police and animal control arrived to investigate. They went door to door, to parks, and to woods nearby the historic Big Duck structure, but there have been no sightings.
Meantime, parents have been keeping a close watch on their children, and senior citizens have been on edge.
“I don’t want it in my yard,” said Flanders homeowner Margaret Robinson. “I don’t want to be bitten, and I don’t want anyone else bitten.”
Debbie Madr did catch a glimpse before the dog hopped the fence.
“It had two collars on – black — one had tags, one was a shock collar for an invisible fence, and it looked like a Rottweiler face,” she said.
Greg Madr, who runs G+D Floor Sanding, cannot work. He may also have to undergo rabies shots.
“I really want them to find the dog,” he said. “We have multiple children around here, and someone is bound to be mauled.”
If the dog is located and deemed to be dangerous, a judge could order the animal be permanently confined, or restrained with a muzzle.
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