Richmond County sheriff's candidate Freddie Sanders out of hospital after dog bite

Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 3:40 PM
Last updated 8:06 PM
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Richmond County sheriff’s candidate Freddie Sanders is recovering at home after being bitten in the face by his dog Friday night, his campaign manager David Fields said.

Fields said it was Sanders’ fault, and that he bent down to play with the dog and spooked him, causing the dog to bite his lip.

Sanders went to the hospital for what he thought would just be a few stitches but ended up in surgery after doctors decided they wanted to take a better look.

Fields said Sanders has a swollen lip, but is recovering quickly.

“We just want him to get better,” Fields said, “which he’s doing.”

Fields said Sanders does not blame the dog.

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TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 10/13/12 - 03:37 pm
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Freddie Sanders

and his dog - being an animal lover that I am it makes me feel good to find out that the dog was not blamed and "put down" what is happening so often in these days and times. I know very well how quickly a play can turn into an accident - best wishes Mr. Sanders and a speedy recovery!! I hope the pup does not feel too guilty too long.

allhans
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allhans 10/13/12 - 03:53 pm
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Dogs .

Dogs

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 10/13/12 - 03:55 pm
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Wow!

A politician willing to accept responsibility.
That's not something you see everyday, in Richmond Co.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 10/13/12 - 03:59 pm
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Hope you are feeling better,

Hope you are feeling better, Freddie.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 10/13/12 - 04:30 pm
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We had our dog 16 years and I

We had our dog 16 years and I am the only one he ever bit. Exactly the same circumstances. Snuck up on him and surprised him and he bit me on the chin. 5 seconds later he was licking me as if to apologize.

Glad you didn't blame the dog Freddie. Hope you heal quickly.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 10/13/12 - 06:38 pm
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This dog deserves a second

This dog deserves a second chance!! I mean, sure, a mistake was made, but doesn't everybody...and, um, everyTHING deserve to be rehabilitated and given a chance to live a law-abiding life?
Gee....maybe Freddie Sanders has taken a lesson from Richard Roundtree, huh??
BTW, good luck and get well, Mr. Sanders!

Jaloney
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Jaloney 10/14/12 - 02:05 am
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Dangerous Dogs

The it's the owner not the breed mantra sounds logical but it's not. This repetitive slogan is illogical. Other dog breeds owned in much greater numbers have equal chances of getting neglectful and abusive owners, yet they adapt to human shortcomings and don't maul people or pets at anywhere near the rate that pitbulls do. Labs are routinely forgotten and chained in backyards and they are the most popular dog breed in America, Labs are not the top killers, pitbull are. Beagles are routinely penned up in backyards and ignored. They are given no human socialization but they do not pose any threat to humans when they get loose. Most dog bites are nothing more than a minor annoyance, as they rarely break the skin. This is why you don't hear about them on the news. If a normal dog is in a fight it will fight until the opponent submits and then stop. Pitbulls don't bite, They maul. They do not stop when the victim submits, they keep on mauling until the pet or human is left in parts. The other problem with pitbulls is that they are extremely strong, and were bred to have fewer pain receptors, and are able to keep breathing while attacking. This makes it extremely hard for people to stop a pitbull attack in progress. News stories are full of stories of strong men being mauled and three or more men being unable to get a pitbull to let go of its victim.
Mortality, Maiming and Mauling by Vicious Dogs, Annals of Surgery, April 2011, is study of dog injuries in hospitals spanning the last 15 years. The study found that you have a more than 2500 times higher chance of dying if attacked by a pitbull. In addition it found that pitbulls caused the highest hospital charges, and the most deaths, dismemberments, permanent disability, and disfigurement of all breeds. The study also found that pitbulls attack children, and owners much more often than other breeds AND IT IS FAMILY LOVED AND UNABUSED PITBULLS THAT ARE MAULING PEOPLE. Despite be given all the love and care that other dogs enjoy, pitbulls turn suddenly and the owners are always shocked by the sudden change in behavior. Alexandra Semyonova, a world reknown animal researcher and author of the book, The 100 Silliest Things People say About Dogs, says pitbulls have a disconnect between the thinking and impulse control centers in the brain and a different chemical make up in the brain. Just as you can't see a gene that suddenly turns on cancer, you can't see the gene that is suddenly activated in a pitbull making them violent. I personally know of several people who had a pitbull turn on them after years of normal behavior. Personal accounts of owners who had "nice" pitbulls doesn't mean that pitbulls are not dangerous. This again is illogical. The statistics on pitbulls seriously harming people at a much higher rate than other dogs are overwhelming. You can't love out genes or untrain genes. Family owned and loved pitbulls can turn on a dime. If you believe that pitbulls are just like any other dog, and regurgitate the false "its the owner not the breed mantra" you might of believed the world was flat, too Just because something sounds good doesn't make it true. LOVE THY NEIGHBOR, don't own a pitbull!
Support the first ever walk to honor VICTIMS of pitbull attacks and other dangerous dogs. People are coming to the event from around USA and Canada. If you can not attend, organize a sister walk or make a video to show support. http://walkforvictimsofpitbulls.blogspot.com/
On facebook https ://www.facebook.com/Walkforvictimsofpbodd?ref=ts /

KSL
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KSL 10/14/12 - 03:44 am
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Jaloney, I stopped reading

Jaloney, I stopped reading your interesting post because it was all one big paragraph.

Don't they teach English anymore?

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 10/14/12 - 06:19 am
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2nd chances for Dog most likely to bite

The dog breed most likely to bite is not the Pit Bull, Rottweiler, or German Shepherd, but,, Yes that little ankle biter the Dachshund, 2nd is the Chihuahua, and then the hyper-active Jack Russell Terrier.

Dogs with lower aggression are Basset Hounds, Golden Retrievers, Labradors, Siberian Huskies and Greyhounds.

Surprisingly Rottweilers, Pit Bulls and Rhodesian Ridgebacks are only rated below average to average for aggressiveness towards strangers.

Yep that little ankle biter is more likely to nip or bite you than that big dog.

However any dog is more likely to kill you, if trained or breed for aggressiveness or just abuse. This why a majority of the times, these dogs are put down without a 2nd chance. Their environmental upbringing and imprinting makes them a threat to the community.

None the less, even the 1st offending dogs are locked up and evaluated, and only released if judged safe to the community.

This was not meant to be a sneaky Anti - Roundtree statement.
It is just the way it works in real life.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/14/12 - 06:45 am
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Dang

I hope it didn't mess up your pretty mouth....:)

Get well soon & get back on that race...by golly.

KSL
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KSL 10/14/12 - 09:55 am
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We had a basset hound and he

We had a basset hound and he actually did graze a boy on a bike. But there was a reason. He was a barker. A boy rode by our house on a bike, jumped off, grabbed him by his collar and beat him until I came out.

Described this little jerk to my sons and they immediately knew who he was............he was what my spouse called a low rent, who lived in another neighborhood.

The basset hound took his angst out on another bike rider, slightly grazing his skin. From then on, he was only allowed out on leash.

To this day, I hate that little teenage aged ... who beat my dog in the belly.

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Tullie 10/15/12 - 04:27 am
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Wow KSL

What a story. I never will understand people who want to beat on a dog. I feel sure there is a special place for them when they die. It is right next to child beaters.

allhans
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allhans 10/16/12 - 07:58 am
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The ankle biters might be an

The ankle biters might be an aggravation, but they are not known killers.

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