A dog attack in Coeur d'Alene sent one man to the hospital. The dog's owners had told him the pit bull was friendly even though animal control said otherwise and now Klaus Kummerling is wondering if city ordinances and state laws are strict enough to keep people safe.
It was a sunny day in late July when Kummerling decided to head outside and work on his yard.
"My neighbor's son came by with his pit bull and I asked him, 'Can I pet the dog? Is he friendly?' He said, 'Yah, he is super friendly,'" said Kummerling.
Kummerling said the dog, named Bo, had previously been lunging at him behind his shared fence so he was hoping to make friends with the pit bull and stop the racket.
"Right here I bent down to pet the dog," said Kummerling, pointing to a spot in his driveway.
Now keep in mind, Kummerling has dogs of his own but what happened next could make anyone hesitant of any dog.
"And I said, 'Hi Bo, nice dog.' Pow!" said Kummerling.
The pitbull ripped into Kummerling's face. He yelled for his wife to call 911.
"Then I turned around and saw a piece of meat laying right there on the driveway and I picked it up, then I realized it was my own piece of meat," said Kummerling.
The piece of meat Kummerling was referring to was a 2 cm by 2 cm piece of jaw flesh ripped loose by Bo.
According to police Bo had a history of biting. A city ordinance says the dog should have been muzzled when out on a walk. Kummerling said the ordinance should go further and require owners to notify neighbors if they own a vicious animal.
The only notice required by the city is a posted sign that a vicious dog lives on the property, one Kummerling says his neighbors did not have.
"We feel this is really an issue of public safety and awareness and it's something that didn't have to happen and it shouldn't have happened," said Kummerling's attorney Craig Vernon.
Vernon suggests the State of Idaho revisit laws that govern vicious dogs, holding owners responsible the first time their dog bites.
"In Idaho we have what's called a one free bite rule which means a dog has to bite before in order for home owners to be responsible," said Vernon.
Bo was euthanized but Kummerling will never look, feel or eat the same way after that terrifying dog bite. He may lose feeling in parts of his jaw for life.
"The pain on a one to 10 scale was an 11," said Kummerling.
The dog's owners were not immediately available for comment.