A Flanders man is asking community members for help in locating a dog, possibly a pit bull/Rottweiler mix, that viciously attacked him outside his home in late July and then ran off.
Gregory Madr, who lives off Flanders Road, said he went to get his mail at around 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, when he saw the dog in his peripheral vision. He thought nothing of it, he explained last week—until it bolted toward him. He is offering a reward for anyone who helps him locate the dog or its owner, though he declined to specify how much.
Mr. Madr said he attempted to ward off the dog, but it still bit him, causing deep lacerations and bruises to his right arm and leg. He fell on his back after the dog leapt on him, causing multiple fractures to his spine.
“I was sweating bullets,” he said, adding that the dog ran off after inflicting its damage. “The pain was just unbelievable.”
Mr. Madr’s wife, Debbie, said she caught a glimpse of the dog as it ran off and saw her husband lying in a pool of his own blood. They described it as a mostly black dog, with some gray coloring. It was wearing two black collars—one made of fabric with tags on it, and the other either an invisible fence collar or a shock collar.
Ms. Madr said she called Southampton Town Police and the Flanders-Northampton Volunteer Ambulance, the latter of which transported her husband to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, where he was treated for his injuries. Mr. Madr said he has also been advised to receive a rabies vaccination because the dog has not been located.
“There are so many small children around here, and it could have been a lot worse than it was,” Ms. Madr said, explaining that her husband is tall and was able to fight the dog as best he could.
Ms. Madr added that she and her husband, who own G&D Custom Floor Sanding and Refinishing, want to find the dog to prevent it from injuring someone else in the neighborhood, and that they are also considering pressing charges against the owner. They have reached out to many neighbors but have had no luck thus far.
Southampton Town Police Sergeant Michael Zarro said officers searched the area after responding to the attack but could not locate the dog. They referred the matter to Southampton Town Animal Control.
Don Bambrick, the supervisor for the Southampton Town Animal Shelter, which also oversees Animal Control, said his department does not have any complaints or records of a dog that matches the description the Madrs provided him. He said department employees checked the area, and visited a couple of places they suspected of having similar dogs, but did not find one with the same coloring.
“There’s really nothing more that we can do,” Mr. Bambrick said. “It’s very rare. We do have cases where dogs are loose, but, normally, owners take responsibility for their dog’s actions.”
Sgt. Zarro added that the owners could be charged with violating the Southampton Town Code for having a dog at large. Under the New York State Agricultural and Markets Law, Mr. Madr could file a complaint with Animal Control, and officials there, in turn, could report it to the courts.
If the dog is ever located and found to be dangerous, the owners could be responsible for covering Mr. Madr’s medical costs, which are still unknown, and the judge could order that the animal be restrained with a muzzle, permanently confined or euthanized.
Anyone with information is asked to call Southampton Town Animal Control at (631) 728-PETS.