Dog attack leaves Logan man with severe facial injuries and mounting medical bills

Parley Goodrich after five-hours of surgery to repair his face. The 32-year-old Logan man was attacked by a pit bull Friday, April 12, 2019, (Courtesy of Alicia Garcia).

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.

Parley Goodrich after being attacked by a pit bull Friday, April 12, 2019, (Courtesy of Alicia Garcia).

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.

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  • Sabrina April 16, 2019 at 7:16 pm Reply

    These POS dogs always do this. It’s a BREED PROBLEM. Not all of them but way too many. This dog needs to be found PDQ before it kills someone. So sick of these stupid malignant dog owners and breeders and their irresponsible behavior!!!

    • Kelly April 19, 2019 at 7:38 pm Reply


    • The truth May 11, 2019 at 6:28 am Reply

      Did you ever stop to think that their may just be that many disgusting dog OWNERS in America? What about German Sheppards? Or rottweilers? These were all breeds who were “vicious” and now it is the pit bull? A good owner would not let his dog roam the streets unleashed. Ever. A good owner trains their animal. Stop bullying breeds and reevaluate. Maybe there are just as many disgusting people as you out there deciding to make this breed “dangerous”. Train a kid to fight and what will he do? Exactly.

  • Michelle G April 16, 2019 at 7:21 pm Reply

    I’m so sorry, Parley. We are in your neighborhood. And I hate to say this, but the rabies vaccines are way more than $300. I’d say more like $2,500 or $3,000 (cost is based on your weight because that’s how much vaccine they need to give). Just so everyone donating knows.

  • Sandra Dee April 16, 2019 at 7:23 pm Reply

    Do Not Touch a PITBULL,Ever.

    • Kate April 17, 2019 at 5:01 am Reply

      Ignorance must be bliss.

  • Annie Kate April 16, 2019 at 7:36 pm Reply

    Pit bulls need to be euthanized out of existence for public safety!! Pit bulls are not good pets for anyone and put the public in danger.

    • Lesli April 17, 2019 at 3:51 pm Reply


    • Drgngirl99 April 23, 2019 at 11:05 am Reply

      Thata bs anyone can have any breed go bad it is in the owner not the dog I’ve had several put bulls and never an issue my kids loved them and they loved my babies who have had putts since they were born get a grip and raise your dogs right

  • Ed Marth April 16, 2019 at 7:37 pm Reply

    In the US a pit bull kills a person an average of once every 13 days. They are weapons that can pull their own trigger.

  • Nice Citizen April 16, 2019 at 8:04 pm Reply

    This is why we need a pitbull/bully breed ban. They are the “best dogs ever” until they attack.

    • Aria April 17, 2019 at 1:00 am Reply

      Too bad “best friend animal society” recently lobbied our state leaders to make breed specific legislation illegal in Utah.

  • Susan Smart April 16, 2019 at 9:30 pm Reply

    Now the dogs are gonna run free in the parks.

  • Sissa April 17, 2019 at 12:18 am Reply

    This is a exemple of why having this leash free “pilot” of dogs running freely in the park it’s ridiculous. Come on people, we go to the park to have our kids playing freely, not for dogs. I’m very upset by this new “law”.

  • Brittney April 17, 2019 at 1:27 am Reply

    All of you saying that it’s because of the breed of the dog truly have no idea how the animal world works. Go look up “1950’s Nannie Dogs” go watch “The Champions” on Netflix and educate yourselves.

    • Tina Moore June 5, 2019 at 5:42 pm Reply

      Research ” what breed of dog bites people more than any other breed of dog”

  • CS April 17, 2019 at 2:49 am Reply

    I live on the same block, VERY close to where this happened. I have three small children (ages 7, 4, and 1) I can’t help but imagine this dog murdering one of my children as they get out of my car and run around the car to the house. Please publish the name of the owner when you find out who it is, as well as if the dog has been contained. I don’t know Mr. Goodrich, but I am very sorry this happened to him. It doesn’t matter what he may have done wrong as far as approaching the dog. He did not deserve this. Nobody does–except maybe the owner of the dog.

    • Children over dogs April 17, 2019 at 5:44 pm Reply

      I’m glad your babies are safe. The thought of a dog attacking children is what nightmares are made of.

    • Alicia April 18, 2019 at 10:14 pm Reply

      I will gladly give you his name because clearly animal control is doing nothing about this!!! They are blaming the victim with is total bullshit!! This dog and others at that address have been reported over and over and now they claim they have no record of it. Next this dog will kill a child. I can almost guarantee you. The owner takes this dog to schools and around children.

    • Kammi April 18, 2019 at 11:38 pm Reply

      Message me on Facebook my name is Kammi Goodrich and I’m his sister

      • CS April 19, 2019 at 9:39 pm Reply

        I don’t have a Facebook anymore, but I still have messenger. I’ll try to find you on there. Thank you!

      • Children over dogs April 23, 2019 at 7:11 am Reply

        Kammi, will you be bringing a civil suit against the dog owners? Alicia says this dog had been reported before, so you might be able to collect damages from the owner’s home owner’s policy.

        I’m sure there is a lawyer that would take this probono in an effort to protect their own children.

  • Butters April 17, 2019 at 4:55 am Reply

    Don’t ban them – you just need a good pit bull with attitude to balance out a bad pit bull with attitude. And remember if you ban them, people will find a way to have them anyway.

    • Hide your embarrassing pit April 17, 2019 at 5:47 pm Reply

      If people want to have a pit so bad they keep their dog well hidden in their home, problem solved.

  • Katie G April 17, 2019 at 5:10 am Reply

    Sensationalism has replaced common sense.
    People routinely cite media coverage as “proof” that pit bulls are more dangerous than other dogs and costly and ineffective public policy decisions are being made on the basis of such “proof.” While this biased reporting is not only lethal to an entire population of dogs, sensationalized media coverage endangers the public by misleading them about the real factors in canine aggression. This animal may not even be a “pit bull”
    This information is pulled from the Humane Society website.
    Myth #1 – pit bulls have jaws that lock
    This is a common misconception. Pit bulls have the same jaw bone structure as any other dog. The fact that they have terrific strength is due to the strong determination of this breed.
    Myth #2 – pit bulls are mean, aggressive, vicious dogs
    Most pit bulls are NOT aggressive to humans – it is not a normal trait of the breed. In most cases when a pit bull attacks a person, it has been trained to do so, has been abused, or has been un-or-under-socialized with people, this is no different than any other breed of dog.
    Myth #3 – pit bulls must be kept as only dogs
    It can be a challenge, but many pit bulls can co-exist in multi-dog households. Individual personalities play a large part in successfully managing an environment with more than one dog (of any breed), but spaying/neutering, obedience training, an appropriate level of exercise and a firm hand will go a long way to successfully integrate multiple dogs into your life.
    Myth #4 – people who own pit bulls are drug dealers, gang members or dog fighters
    Many different, reputable people are “owned” by pit bulls – including teachers, doctors, business executives, celebrities, and even former presidents. It’s unfortunate that the breed has fallen into the hands of owners who use them to support their illegal activities.
    Myth #5 – pit bulls can’t tell the difference between animals and children
    Bully breeds do have a naturally high prey drive and may act aggressively toward smaller animals (such as cats). This is not, however the same behavior as human aggression or predation. The bully breeds traditionally have been known for their kindness to children.
    Myth #6 – they’re all pits
    Actually, there are several breeds that are commonly labeled “pit bulls.” The breeds are: American Bulldog, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Terrier, Bull Terrier, and the American Pit Bull Terrier. While there may be many similarities, each breed has its own unique characteristics.

    • Liability to society April 17, 2019 at 5:50 pm Reply

      The vast majority of fatal dog attacks come from just three different breeds.

      It’s true many dogs bite, but pits kill. It is a huge liability to society, and I hope the owner of this pit is taken to the cleaners by the victim’s lawyer.

  • Nice Citizen April 17, 2019 at 8:17 am Reply

    If I started a proposition to require certified training for any breed who has attacked (more than a simple bite) a human in the last decade in cache valley. How many people do you think would support/help the project?

  • Lisa April 17, 2019 at 10:55 am Reply

    No. We do not pet Pit Bulls. Bad idea. Darn shame he didn’t have a gun.

  • Dayna April 17, 2019 at 1:07 pm Reply

    It IS a breed problem, it’s also a problem that pit owners seem to be the most irresponsible group of dog owners. Jail time for letting your pit free roam when it attacks should be mandatory.

    • Worried for your kids April 17, 2019 at 6:24 pm Reply

      100% agree. If you knowingly have a dangerous dog, you should be liable.

  • Drgngirl99 April 23, 2019 at 11:07 am Reply

    Thata bs anyone can have any breed go bad it is in the owner not the dog I’ve had several put bulls and never an issue my kids loved them and they loved my babies who have had putts since they were born get a grip and raise your dogs right

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