Pit bull Attack In SE Portland Mangles Woman’s Arms

Date: October 2, 2014

Location: Southeast Portland

Name: Kim Shay

Pit bull Attack In SE Portland Mangles Woman’s Arms


Kim Shay, 53, went down to the basement apartment she rents out and a 100 pound pit bull, Smokey, latched onto her friends arm. Shay kicked and yanked on the dog but it would not let go. She then proceeded to bite Smokey trying to get the dog’s attention.

Smokey started to attack Shay and started jerking her around and chewing her left arm to shreds. The dog and Shay wrestled on the floor, sliding around in her blood.

Shay was able to crawl up the stairs and used all her strength to push the door open and slam it behind her leaving Smokey in the basement.

Her friend was too traumatized to call for help so Shay walked less than a block away to the fire station on Southeast 134th Street and Foster Road as a commuter stopped to call 911 for her.

Since the attack on Thursday, Shay is at OHSU as the Doctors patch up her broken arm that only had three strips of skin left, with bone, tendon and nerves exposed. Shay will be lucky to get even 50% of her arm use back.

Shay had told the renter in her house that the pit bull needed to go since Smokey attacked someone in the home where its owner lives. The dog was only temporarily staying at Shay’s rental due to the previous attack. The 2-year-old male pit bull is now in a security quarantine kennel at Multnomah County Animal Control in Troutdale.

Reanna Erickson is the owner of Smokey and was served with a notice of infraction. The notice advises her to surrender the dog.

Shay should be released from OHSU any time now and will go into a rehab facility to try to regain some use of her fingers and arms.

We wish Kim Shay a full and speedy recovery.

Dog bites can be scary, and the injuries can be serious. But the dog owners can be held accountable for all damages, and may be held responsible for paying expenses like medical bills.

Here’s what to do if you have been bitten by a dog:

  1. Seek immediate medical attention.
  2. Take notes on the incident, including what you remember about the dog, the location, and the circumstances.
  3. Get the names and contact information of any witnesses.
  4. Get the name and contact info. of the dog’s owner/handler.
  5. Take photos of the injury.

Like other personal injury cases, dog bite injury victims are entitled to economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. Non-economic damages include pain, suffering, embarrassment (like from unsightly scarring), etc. In some very rare cases, you may also be entitled to punitive damages so talk to our Portland dog bite attorneys for a free evaluation.


About Sean DuBois

Sean is a personal injury attorney in Portland, OR. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as Oregon Rising Stars for the past four years because of his dedication to justice and fair compensation for his clients. If you need to speak with a lawyer about your injury case, Sean can be reached at 503-222-4411.

Posted on October 8, 2014, in Oregon Personal Injury Attorney, personal injury and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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