April 30, 2013

Rescuer of girl recalls Lebanon dog attack

Adam Horr is credited with saving the life of a 12-year-old who was mauled by two pit bulls Saturday.

By David Hench dhench@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Angel Sargent, 12, was attacked Saturday afternoon by two pit bulls at her home at 260 River Road in Lebanon. Photographed on Monday, April 29, 2013.

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Then another dog latched onto his left forearm.

"I immediately punched it in the eye with my right fist probably 20 times," he said. At the same time he kicked at another dog to get him off the girl, who was screaming at him to help her.

Horr believes his injuries would have been much worse if he had not been wearing a loose-fitting hooded sweatshirt. The dogs kept getting mouthfuls of his sweatshirt instead of his skin, shredding the sweatshirt but leaving him mostly intact.

After a brief battle, Horr grabbed the nearest weapon, a wooden broom handle. He swung it in a wide arc, cracking one of the dogs in the head. The handle snapped.

"It seemed to make the dog angry. I just kept hitting them" with what was left of the handle, he said. "She was able to get up and ran in the house for safety."

The dogs became less aggressive after a man stepped out of the home. They were still circling but no longer attacking, Horr said. The man, whom Horr did not identify, explained that he had been asleep and just woke up.

Horr then called 911. He was treated for puncture wounds to his arm and leg.

Horr said he has teenage children of his own.

"I choose to believe if it was them being attacked, someone would help them," he said.

Neighbors declined to comment about any problems with the family, which is renting the house at 260 River Road. Some of the neighbors said they did not know dogs were being kept on the property. On Monday, no dogs were visible, and there was no sound of barking at the house.

The dogs were taken to the Animal Welfare Society shelter in West Kennebunk, where they are being kept for observation. Authorities said the dogs were not up to date on their shots.

Shelter workers said they were told to refer all questions to the district attorney's office.

The town's animal control officer told Horr, who works in construction, that the dogs would be quarantined for 10 days. If they do not exhibit signs of rabies, then neither he nor the girl will need treatment for the potentially fatal disease.

Neighbor Jim Battice lives nearby on Oak Hill Road and has known Horr for years. The neighborhood is generally quiet, he said.

"It's a little bit loud over there," he said, gesturing toward the home where the attack took place.

Battice had returned home from a trip to the dump when he saw Horr in his yard after the attack.

"He was visibly upset ... distraught," Battice said, noting that his shirt and pants were shredded. "He took a good little beating from it."

But Horr was happy to have been able to help the girl, Battice said.

"My wife wants to bake him a cake," Battice said. "She says he's the Oak Hill hero."

Horr, who did not know how badly the girl was hurt, was told Monday she had been released from the hospital and was well enough to attend school.

"That just makes me the happiest guy in the world right there," he said.


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