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Ouch! Monroe Man Takes Dog Bite On the Chin

Dion Roach's chin after receiving stitches. (Contributed Photo)
Dion Roach's chin after receiving stitches. (Contributed Photo)
An early morning dog attack left a 39-year-old Turkey Roost Road man with a torn up chin requiring plastic surgery and stitches. He also must undergo four rounds of rabies shots as a preventative measure.

Dion Roach awoke to the sound of his dog Chai barking at 3:30 in the morning on Jan. 7, went outside and saw what looked like a German Shepherd in his yard.

"I didn't have my contacts in, so my vision wasn't good," Roach recalled.

He kept Chai, a vanilla colored lab, back to keep her safe and approached the animal in his yard.

"It was shivering, so I felt bad," Roach said of the other dog.

Being a dog lover, Roach decided to keep the stray in his garage to get it out of the cold, while he checked for a tag to help find its owner.

He leaned down to see if it was wearing a collar when suddenly it lunged at him. 

"It snapped at me," Roach said. "I kicked it and ran back toward the house."

The animal had sunk its teeth into Roach's chin and he recoiled and cried out in pain, Chai came to his defense and started barking at the other dog, which walked off toward Georges Lane.

Roach's mother looked at his chin. "She told me a piece of my chin was hanging off in a clump — and I couldn’t look at it," Roach said. "If I did, I would probably have puked. She said it was horrible and bloody. There was blood all over my black Jimi Hendrix shirt and my face was covered."

Roach went to the St. Vincent's Medical Center's emergency room for treatment and received around 27 stitches on the outside of his chin and nine on the inside.

"I had to get plastic surgery," he said. "It got me good."

A Search for the Dog

Animal Control Officer Ed Risko said Roach never saw the dog before and police officers searched the neighborhood door-door looking for a German Shepherd, but were unable to find a dog matching the description.

No dogs matching the description had been reported missing and there were no reports of an animal roaming the area prior to or after the incident, Risko added.

The case remains open for 14 days from the incident, the local health department was notified and, though this is inconsistent with normal wildlife behavior, the State Department of Energy & Environmental Protection's Wildlife Division was also notified, according to Risko. 

Roach finds himself looking out the window for the animal every so often. "I’ve been keeping alert," he said. "If I see it, I'll call police."

Proud of Chai

Roach said Chai is a good dog, who's "very smart" and sleeps right next to her Daddy at bedtime. If not for the lab jumping to his defense following the bite, Roach believes he could have been in even worse shape.

"I'm actually proud of her," he said. 

After the attack, Roach had his dog checked out too and said his pet came out unscathed.

If Roach ever wakes up to a noise again, he promises to use more caution.

He said, "The next time I hear my dog bark to alert me something’s around, I ain't going outside."

lmf59 January 11, 2014 at 09:47 AM
Really not necessary to post a picture of the wound.
Joe Mancini January 11, 2014 at 10:53 AM
This article is hysterical. The quotes are so funny. So let's recap. His contacts weren't in so he wasn't sure what it was. He approached and it was shivering. He bent over to see if it had a tag. It bit him. Cops haven't been able to identify? That's because young Mr. Roach was attacked by a Coyote.
Bill Bittar (Editor) January 11, 2014 at 11:36 AM
The animal control officer said it isn't common for a coyote to just let someone walk up to them. He thinks it was mostly likely a dog.
lmf59 January 11, 2014 at 11:41 AM
Unless it had rabies......
Bill Bittar (Editor) January 11, 2014 at 11:49 AM
You're right, it's still a possibility, the officer is just leaning toward a dog based on the info.
Carl Kolchak January 11, 2014 at 12:20 PM
Sure, but the real question is: Was he able to salvage the Jimi Hendrix t-shirt? Please note the proper spelling: Jimi Hendrix.
Bill Bittar (Editor) January 12, 2014 at 01:00 AM
Great catch on the spelling. Because the shirt is black, maybe the stains won't show up as well. If not, could make for a cooler shirt!
Richard Thompson January 12, 2014 at 04:31 PM
Common sense would dictate never put your face or any part of your body near the jaws of an unknown animal. Duh!
Richard Thompson January 12, 2014 at 04:41 PM
Furthermore, people should teach their children. Countless children have reached to pet a dog they don't know, get bit because the dog perceives a threat. The poor animal is confined and often euthanized for simply acting out of instinct.
Joe Mancini January 13, 2014 at 09:08 AM
I understand what Animal control said and it is unlikely a coyote would get that close, but no dogs matching that description have been found and that is even more unusual than a coyote allowing a person to get that close? Wouldn't someone have reported a dog or at least seen a dog of that size?
Senior Citizen January 13, 2014 at 03:49 PM
Sounds strange to me. It was nice of him to bring the dog inside for shelter. But he should have left him there until morning. I doubt it was a Coyote - although if it were cold enough and hungry enough it could have been. But you're better off leaving strange dogs outside and calling 911.

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