Dog bite victim says she did the right thing


Casey Ryba is shown with her soon to be 3-year-old son Kai at their home on Barden Drive. Ryba said she believes she did the right thing in reporting a dog bite. That dog was later declared vicious, and its owners are trying to get city rules about vicious dogs changed.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 05:01 PM.

A Havelock woman says she felt she was doing the right thing in reporting that she had been bitten by a dog on June 3.

The owners of that dog, Sadie, have appealed to the Havelock Board of Commissioners to seek changes to the rules that declared Sadie, a female boxer/beagle mix, vicious, forcing the family to either put the dog down or pay $1,000 and remove the dog from the city.

Casey Ryba, 25, of Barden Drive, said Sadie bit her in the left buttocks as she was completing a two-mile run around 7 p.m. on June 3.

She said that contrary to statements made by supporters of the dog’s owners to commissioners during a June 23 board meeting, the attack did draw blood.

“It broke the skin,” Ryba said. “You could see where her teeth were embedded in my butt.”

She said she recognized the dog and went to the home of Donna Scheck, the dog’s owner. Ryba said she wanted to make sure the dog’s shot records were up to date and that she told Scheck that she didn’t want to report the incident to animal control.

However, she said that after talking with family and friends she decided that the right thing to do would be to report the incident to the city.

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