LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — A Kentucky lawmaker wants to stop dogs who’ve attacked once from doing it again. It was the first pretty day in March of last year when Sarah Bogusewski decided to go for a walk, but little did she know she’d become the seventh victim of neighborhood dogs that escaped their home and attacked her without warning.

“You would be absolutely shocked if you knew how fast a dog can undo a human’s flesh,” Bogusewski told FOX 56. Bogusewski said she had her earphones in and was minding her business when suddenly the day turned traumatic.

“Some dogs, without me knowing, came up behind me and attacked me from behind, hit me from behind, knocked me down on the ground. And then kind of each took a leg and started attacking,” she said.  


If it hadn’t been for a nearby good Samaritan who heard her screams, the result could have ended much worse. She was left with severe bite wounds that required stitches and continues physical and mental therapy for PTSD to this day.

“One jumped through where there was no glass in the door, and the other one just pushed the door open, came down the driveway across the street, completely unprovoked,” she said.

Turns out this was the 7th time this set of dogs had been involved in a violent attack, which prompted Bogusewski to turn to her local lawmaker.

“Today, you could have a dozen attacks and have nothing that prevents you from going out and getting more dogs,” Rep. Chad Aull (D-Lexington) told FOX 56.

Aull filed House Bill 212 to change that and create a canine cutoff for repeat offenders

“If you’ve had your dogs taken away from you three times in the last five years for attacking somebody, then you are no longer in the state of Kentucky allowed to own dogs,” Aull said.

The ban would be in effect against an offender for 5 years and raise the fines for a violation to $250 per dog, in the hope that people like Sarah can take a simple walk with peace of mind.

“Nobody should endure that, and nobody should be the 7th person attacked by a dog that’s known to be vicious,” Bogusewski said.

The bill also calls for animal control officers to start keeping records of these kinds of incidents. It is still waiting on a committee assignment before lawmakers take up the discussion.