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Naytahwaush man injured in dog attack

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A Naytahwaush man is lucky to be alive after he was attacked by a large dog early on New Year's Day.

Randy Wadena, 24, had to have 11 stitches in his neck to close a wound that narrowly missed his jugular vein, said his grandmother, Karen Wadena of Naytahwaush.

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Randy also suffered numerous bites to his arms and legs, after young men in a nearby house sent the dog out to attack him, she said.

Mahomen County Sheriff Doug Krier said the case is under investigation, so he could not provide details. But he confirmed there was a dog attack in Naytahwaush that day.

Karen Wadena said she reported the attack about 5 a.m., after her grandson showed up at her door covered in blood.

She was unhappy about how long it is taking authorities to act on the matter. She wanted the dog quarantined for 10 days for check for rabies.

"They keep calling it a dog bite," she said. "It was not a 'dog bite,' it was an attack." She said the dog was a pit bull and pointed to a house about a block away where the attack occurred.

Wadena said she was awakened in the early morning hours Tuesday because her puppies were barking at people in the street.

"I looked outside because someone has been shooting paint guns," she said. "I saw three people standing by the stop sign out there. All appeared to be males. I wondered if there was going to be a fight -- I've lived here for six years," she explained. "It was 15-below and 5 a.m. -- I thought they were probably drunk."

She looked outside again a few minutes later and saw a fight in the yard about a block away.

"There were six or seven people, and one was on the ground getting beaten and kicked. I called 911."

Those emergency calls are routed through the Mahnomen County Sheriff's Department, and no deputies or tribal police officers were in the area, she said.

"I was on the porch and heard someone yelling about getting a gun. Then I got really scared and called 911 again," she said.

"I said please, please get someone out here right away."

The dispatcher told her an officer would get there as soon as possible.

A while later she heard knocking at a window, then her grandson showed up at the door.

"It was Bud (Randy's nickname). I let him in. He told me to turn the lights out -- I thought somebody was after him."

He stood in the hallway in the dark, hidden by an entertainment center, uncharacteristically quiet, and told her he had been fighting.

That's when another grandson told her "a dog attacked Bud," she said.

She had seen some blood, but didn't realize how serious the injuries were. "I thought maybe his nose was bleeding from getting beat up," she said. Then she made him come over into the light, and saw the gash in his neck.

"The white T-shirt on him looked like a bib of blood," she said.

She called Naytahwaush ambulance service, which arrived almost immediately, and a deputy showed up about the same time. The ambulance took him to the Mahnomen hospital.

Wadena said her grandson had been at a party a few houses down the street (the 400 block of Tower Road, near the water tower) where another man had broken a beer bottle over his head.

He and some others went to confront the man and were yelling at him to come outside, when someone opened the door, said "get 'im," and released the dog.

"I'm not saying what my grandson did was right -- going over there and hollering like that," she added, "But what they did was wrong."

Tribal conservation officers recently talked to the dog owner and told Wadena that the dog has current shots. But to be on the safe side, Randy Wadena was given a new rabies vaccine that is applied directly into dog bite wounds.

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