A traumatic dog bite leaves an Omaha woman with injuries; she shared her story exclusively with WOWT 6 News’s Chase Moffitt Sunday night.
Last Friday around 2 in the morning, rescuers were called to a house near 45th and J Streets; there they found the women suffering from several cuts, bites and severe blood loss. “The dog got my arm, the back of my arm and was jumping and almost bit my breast off, there is a big long gash,” Jessica Vas said.
What Vas could show of her injuries Sunday, it was evident the bite was serious.
“When I got to the hospital they said hopefully you won't lose the arm, was the first thing they said to me and so I might seem calm now, but it is because they said my arm might be taken, so this is nothing, this is a scratch compared to my arm not being here,” Vas said. A writer by trade, she was out getting her mail when she noticed what she describes as a Pit Bull charging towards her, before closing down on her arm.
In the daylight the blood trail can still be seen, the stains along 45th Street remind Vas of the jarring situation, especially because she is a self professed animal rights activist. “The hardest part is knowing that this dog is probably going to be put down, you know, I try so hard to make sure that doesn't happen,” Vas said.
Vas tells WOWT 6 news she's seen the dog before in the neighborhood, investigators with the Nebraska Humane Society also tell us they believe they “may know” where the dog lives. But Omaha police officers initially on scene weren't able to find it.
Now Vas is left dealing with the secondary effects of the bite. “I’m just praying for everybody that gets bit by a dog, at this point because I had no idea the damage they can do in terms of infection, I thought, oh you got bit, scar,” she said.
Mark Langan with NHS said investigators would follow up Monday on potential leads. At this point, it's a race against the clock to find the dog so they can find out if it has rabies.