Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Oklahoma: Twelve-year-old boy attacked by neighbor's pit bull who claims not to have any money or insurance

OKLAHOMA -- Although this young boy's injury doesn't look so bad visually, the dog attack did a lot of damage and he's facing multiple surgeries ahead. From the comments on Facebook, it appears that Animal Control was contacted but they didn't issue any citations or seize the dog for a vicious dog designation. 

Of course, the pit bull owner claims not to have any money or insurance to cover the thousands of dollars in medical bills as a result of the attack. 

If Animal Control won't do their jobs, they need to get in touch with the mayor's office, the prosecutor's office, the media... get them involved. If that fails, speak with an attorney who specializes in dog attacks. If you can establish that the landlord knew the dog was vicious, you might be able to sue him/her. It's worth a shot since they're clearly not going to get one red cent from this pit bull owner.

Gauge Fleming's Medical Fund
For: Gauge Fleming
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Organizer: Robyn Cagle
$780 of $2,500 goal raised by 12 donors

The Story
On Wednesday April 12th, 2017, my nephew Gauge Fleming, became a victim of a pit bull dog attack.

He was walking to a friend's house to play 3 doors down from his own home. The pit bull dog came from beside the home of its owner and straight at my nephew.

Before he could even react and try to get away the pit bull jumped on him biting and ripping the lower half of his nose completely off on the right side. The pit bull dog then bit him on his left calf, leaving puncture wounds from his teeth. 

The fear my nephew felt during those moments is heartbreaking. He is still having issues at times getting the image out of his mind from flashbacks.

Gauge is left with a long road ahead of him with multiple surgeries in the near future, as well as later in life, to try and repair his nose from the sinus cavities inside all the way to the cosmetic appearance on the outside. The surgeons have already said it will never look the same, with scarring to always remind him of that tragic day. 

The medical expenses are already starting to add up. The pit bull owners did not carry dangerous dog ownership insurance and they're claiming to not have home insurance.

The fees from the hospital and surgeon's have to be paid up front starting with his first surgery in the next couple of weeks. I feel the least I can do is try to help raise funds to help out with Gauge's medical expenses. I know several of you have asked how you can help out financially, and this would be a great start.

I know everyone thinks their nephews are the greatest, but Gauge really is a harmless, sweet, and loving 11 year old boy. The fact that a part of his childhood has been stolen from him is very upsetting. This summer he won't be allowed to do much at all, including going swimming and playing his favorite sport, football. This truly is a unfair situation brought on by a pit bull owner(s) being careless and irresponsible.

Our entire family thanks you from the bottom of our hearts. Even if you cannot financially help to support Gauge's first round of medical expenses, please keep Gauge in your prayers.

Posted on 04/21/2017
A HUGE thank you to each of you who have donated so far to our sweet boy! It means so much to all of us to have the love and support in this madness!
A short update is that Gauge goes back to the surgeon on this Monday April 24, 2017. A detailed plan should be then put in place for the first stage of reconstructive surgery. Although the details won't make us feel any better, we're all ready to begin the inevitable. They will use some of his right ear to reconstruct his nose.

Please pray specifically for this to take and work, and of course for comfort. We know there is a chance it may not work using his ear, but we also know God's not done with Gauge. That was proven the evening of the attack by the pit bull.

Our family cannot thank you all enough for the love, donations, and most importantly the prayers for our Gauge. This auntie is ready for him to feel his best inside and out again.

Posted on 04/24/2017
Not a very happy Auntie. Gauge's doctors appointment was cancelled today because the elevator went out at the surgeon's office. The next available time they can get him in is Tuesday the 2nd of May. We just have to leave it in God's hands and know his timing is better than ours. But I'm still not happy. Ha. Waiting for answers is not my strongest strength. Thank you for keeping him in your prayers. And please keep sharing his donation page. There is a lot of funds to come up with up front to start the reconstructive surgery- eventually. Again, we are thankful to everyone!

Posted on May 3, 2017
Surgery date is officially set to begin Gauge's reconstruction on his nose. May 23rd is the set date. He is nervous about it, as we are as well. They will use his ear still to try to reconstruct the missing part of his nose and the surgeon said he will have to stay indoors a lot. No sunlight or water afterwards until they think it's ready. Pray specifically for his comfort and for this to take. Otherwise, at his age, there isn't much options for reconstruction. We still have a long ways to go to meet our first goal financially for this first surgery. Thank you for the prayers and support so far. Please keep sharing this fundraiser. We all appreciate it so very much!

Posted on May 19, 2017
This is our sweet boys last weekend before surgery day on Tuesday. We will all be there bright and early Tuesday morning to support him and offer him calming words. I can only imagine his anxiety. I know how it feels to watch it all happening from a Auntie's view, which is nothing but heartache, but to be a child living it- ugh!!!! It's so unfair that this happened.

The fact that we believe the pit bull is still alive and have been provided with no proof otherwise is even more disturbing. No other child, or even adult, should have to have the chance of this happening more than once from the same dog.

I really don't believe the owners of the pit bull know what exactly Gauge has and will be having to endure. Nor realize what financially this is going to cost now and in the future. Frustration has set in for this auntie. Please keep continuing to share Gauge's fundraiser and most importantly, keep him lifted in your thoughts and prayers. I will update again after surgery. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the prayers, shares, and donations so far.

Posted on May 19, 2017
Well, this is our boy's last weekend before surgery day Tuesday. I can only for sure know the anxiety from a aunties view, so I can only imagine how Gauge feels being only 11 and going through it.

It's so unfair. I've done my best to not allow some anger to come out, but the fact this dog is still alive to our knowledge and no proof given otherwise, it's frustrating. Why give it a chance to attack again FOR NO REASON!?! Then there's also the fact the owners have no idea or even sincere empathy towards what Gauge is having to endure why his family watches. 

Please just continue to keep Gauge lifted in prayer and pray specifically for this first surgery to go as planned with no infection and controlled pain management. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the prayers, shares, and donations so far. It truly helps out financially right now. The expenses just keep adding up. It's one thing I do not want my brother and sister in law to have to be out with. They're out enough having to go through this with their son due to a careless dog owner. I will update again after surgery.


Beverly Stuckey Johnson - Just curious.... how come the dog owner is not liable for this young boys injuries ?
May 19 at 7:33pm · Edited

Robyn Cagle - They do not have home insurance and they did not carry owning a dangerous dog in the state of Oklahoma insurance. And they do not own the home in which they reside in.
May 19 at 7:30pm

Robyn Cagle - And to our knowledge no citations have been given to them either.
May 19 at 7:31pm

Carol Freeman - Beverly this is my grandbaby and there is something very wrong about this whole situation. Lots of questions and not any answers. It is so frustrating. Prayers please that the questions will be answered.
May 19 at 11:50pm

Beverly Stuckey Johnson - Carol Freeman you got it!
May 20 at 12:33am

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