Hall County commissioner aims to educate others after dog bite

Hall County Commissioner Gary Quandt was bitten by a unknown dog mid-August.
Published: Aug. 30, 2022 at 10:02 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - After taking a dog bite to the arm this month, Hall County Commissioner Gary Quandt made an effort to educate others on what to do in such an unexpected circumstance. He informed the other commissioners of the encounter and invited an animal control officer to speak during the board’s Tuesday meeting.

After finishing up his work at the Hall County Administration Building Aug. 18, Quandt left the office and began heading toward his vehicle parked in the street. By surprise, a dog ran from its yard across the street toward the commissioner. Quant told Local4 News the pit bull-terrier-husky mix was barking, growling and jumping at him until the animal eventually bit him on the wrist.

“Having a great day and all of a sudden, this dog that come across the street must’ve been having a bad day and it decided to make my day bad and it nipped me on the wrist and then it turned around and I worked over toward where the tree was and, for five minutes, it continued to bark and nip at me” Quandt said.

Around five minutes after the dog initially approached Quandt, a deputy and animal control officer arrived on scene. The dog was taken to the Central Nebraska Humane Society to be monitored for rabies.

Quandt has since recovered from the incident, but he wanted the other commissioners and those in attendance during their Tuesday morning meeting to understand what to do in a situation of this sort, and also how owners can prevent this from happening.

CNHS Animal Control Officer Morgan Mohr, who has been working with Quandt and the pit bull mix in the case, spoke during the meeting.

“If you see a running at-large dog, people just need to call us so we can at least come out and try to find it and catch it,” Mohr noted.

People are also encouraged to call CNHS animal control if bitten by an unknown dog, or if you witness someone get bitten.

For dog owners -- Mohr recommended owners should refrain from allowing their canine to run loose and also, they should make sure the dog is current on its rabies shots.

“It’s also required by state law, city code and county ordinances that you have to keep your dog up to date on at least the rabies vaccination,” he said.

The dog that bit Quandt was not up to date on its rabies vaccine and the owner also did not have the pet licensed.

After experiencing a dog attack himself, Quandt offered up some overall advice for dog parents.

“If you’ve got animals, take care of them,”Quant said. “And like Mr. Mohrs said from the humane society... if people took care of their animals, he wouldn’t have a job.”