Dog bite leaves Glace Bay women with 200-stitch wound

Greg McNeil, The Cape Breton Post
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'It happened so fast'

GLACE BAY — It took more than 200 stitches and emergency surgery to close a gash on Corry MacPhee-Morrison's right thigh after a recent bite from a pit bull.

Corry MacPhee-Morrison, Glace Bay, shows the bite she received after being attacked by a pit bull on July 11, resulting in 200 stitches and emergency surgery to close the gash. MacPhee-Morrison said doctors told her the bite was life-threatening — about a millimetre from the artery next to her femur, which goes to the heart. She said she was told without medical attention that would have meant bleeding to death in about four minutes.

The bite occurred July 11 while the 36-year-old was visiting her brother's home on Fifth Street.

Since then, she said the dog owner, her brother's girlfriend, is refusing her requests to have the animal euthanized.

"They said I would not have survived if it had been millimetres more — would have bled out in four minutes," MacPhee-Morrison said while exiting the Glace Bay Hospital where she received followup treatment.

"It is still really bad, I'm not out of the woods yet. It's still infected."

The bite that was dangerously close to a major artery came while she was standing in her brother's home.

"When I come they put the dogs in a room because I'm just frightened of both male pit bulls," she said.

"My brother's dog was in his room and I thought her dog was in a bedroom or something and separated. It happened so fast. I just looked down and he was on my leg. I didn't feel anything. I think I just went into shock mode."

She remembers yelling for somebody to pull the dog off her leg and then seeing her brother trying to do just that.

"I was rushed right then by ambulance to regional hospital. I was in emergency surgery right then."

She was in hospital when she said police took statements that evening and disputes the dog owner's account that she was bitten while caught in the middle of a dogfight.

Officials from the SPCA visited her at home and MacPhee-Morrison said they had her complete a report on the incident.

"We are aware of the case and we are investigating with the support of the Cape Breton Regional Police," said Jeff Dursi, manager with the Nova Scotia SPCA, Cape Breton Branch.

"Where the bylaw applies, we will be there to apply it."

Dursi noted that he could say little more about the incident because it is an ongoing investigation.

Though she's reached out to police, MacPhee-Morrison has not yet pressed charges.

She'd prefer the owner put the dog down without outside involvement, but said if full charges are necessary she'll go through that process.

"I love animals, I really do and I'm not a cruel person, but that dog definitely needs to be put down."

She said she contacted media because she wants people to know that the dog is still alive.

"My whole life changed. I'm scared to even drive the car now. I just want people to know that this dog is still alive and outside all the time."

Organizations: Glace Bay Hospital, Cape Breton Branch

Geographic location: Glace Bay, Fifth Street

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Recent comments

  • DogOwner
    July 31, 2014 - 17:21

    That looks more like a dull knife wound than any dog bit I have ever seen!!!

  • FF
    July 24, 2014 - 09:39

    There is not enough detail. What provoked the dog? She couldn't hear the dog coming? Why is she afraid to driving? It makes no sense. I thought the dog attacked her in the house? Shouldn't she be afraid of kitchens? She willingly went into a private home, unprovoked attack? *skeptical face This dog shouldn't be put down

  • Karin
    July 23, 2014 - 12:21

    Non of us really know what happen. Your comment about the blood setting of a switch is totally rediculous. Her statement said she was terrified of the dogs. Dogs can sence fear and that may have been what set of the dog. Again we were not there so it could of been anything we dont know. It could of been a dog fight as her brother claims as well. In the heat of a dog fight dogs dont realize who is trying to hurt them or help them they redirect on whatever / whoever is around. We dont kill other people who enjure other people so its quit unfair to send this dog to death without knowing what actually happend. If it did just come out and blatantly attack then yes it should be put down. If it bit because it was scared or nervous then it should not be put down but rather work with a trainer. If your scared of dogs dont go to places that have dogs even if its family pretty simple really. People that dont like kids, you dont see them going down to parks and schools.

  • gb man
    July 23, 2014 - 06:53

    once a biter always a biter .. once an animal gets a taste of human blood it sets off a switch inside and they'll want more .. animals that attack like this are not pets and need to be put down for everyone else's safety