LOGAN — Police are investigating a dog attack that left a 32-year-old Logan man with severe injuries. Parley Goodrich was bitten in the face and had to receive extensive surgery.
Goodrich said the attack occurred Friday afternoon. He had just pulled in his driveway at 400 South 100 West, and got out of his vehicle, when he saw the dog walking by. As he reached down to pet the animal, it lunged at his face.
“It was pretty quick,” said Goodrich. “He grabbed my lip and nose and then I tried to get him off.
Logan City Police Capt. Curtis Hooley said the dog was a pit bull mix, with gray and white fur. Animal control officers have been searching the neighborhood looking for it, and have several leads about its whereabouts.
Goodrich said the attack happened so fast that he didn’t realize how bad he was hurt.
“It was so quick. Once I was bit, I got away and got in my car. I drove to InstaCare. There really wasn’t any time to think.”
Goodrich’s lip was partially bitten off. He also had teeth marks in his nose.
When the medical staff at InstaCare saw the severity of Goodrich’s injuries, they advised him to go immediately to a surgeon’s office. He underwent a five-hour operation. Doctors had to use more than 300 stitches and a skin graft, to attempt to repair his face.
Goodrich explained that all he remembers is waking up Saturday morning. He said he is now trying to cope with the pain.
“As long as I don’t try to move my lips too much, it’s not too much pain. It’s tolerable.”
Goodrich is a construction worker, who does concrete and masonry work. He does not have medical insurance and family members are trying to raise money to assist with the accruing costs. They have started a Gofundme account to help.
Doctors tell Goodrich that he will need additional facial surgeries in the near future. He may also require Rabies vaccines, if officers can’t locate the dog and have it tested. The shots cost $300 a treatment.