5 things to know: Monday

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'Ruff' life after a dog bite

LUBBOCK, Texas - According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, every year in the U.S. dogs bite an estimated 4.5 million people. One out of five of those required medical attention.

Even if your dog has never shown signs of aggression, it is still possible they will react with their teeth. Dog owner, Kaylee Johnston never expected her pup, Jax to bite someone.

"You just never know with dogs," Johnston said. "They can be the sweetest, kindest, gentle dog but things can set them off."

He was recently released from the Lubbock County Animal Shelter after biting a young boy while at her apartment's dog park." 

According to city ordinances, if a dog bite is reported, the animal will be impounded at least 10 days. During that time, the dog will be checked for rabies, micro-chipped, and seen by a behavioral therapist. The owners can provide food, toys, and clothing so the animal feels comfortable.

She then downloaded an app called Dog Decoder. It helps explain the difference between aggression and assertive play.

The app recommends leaving a dog alone if they have a tense body, pulled back ears, an intense stare, or are backing away and growling. 

Moving forward, Johnston plans to keep Jax away from kids and will be more cautious while he is interacting with strangers.

If bitten by an animal, you can either call animal services directly or for serious maulings, call 9-1-1. On a second  offense, animal control will sterilize any non-sterilized dogs. 


2018 marks 50 years of 911

LUBBOCK, Texas - It is a system most tend to take for granted and contrary to popular believe, 911 has not always been the emergency communications standard. 

It was not used until 1968 and Congress did not mandate it until the '90s. 

"For 24-25 years there the number 911 was being used in systems and being built to use it," said Michael Grossie, Exec. Director of Lubbock's Emergency Comm. District. "It took until 1991 before it was officially recognized as the universal emergency number."

Since its inception 50 years ago the way 911 has been used has changed drastically. 

"When I first started it was just landlines cause cellphones weren't really around and then cellphones came into play and there were different phases of the cellphones, and then of course we have texting to 911 now," said Melissa Orosco, Communications Coordinator, Lubbock PD. "We've had that a little over two years now."

Grossie said this innovation shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. He said there is still a lot of stuff that needs to be done.

"Video, photos, in the school shooting incidents we see lots of video coming out of that after the fact," Grossie said. "Wouldn't that be nice if they could have sent that directly to a 911 center that could've been patched out to the cars in the field so that they could have visuals of what's going on before they arrive."


With your help, mounted patrol hopes to expand presence

LUBBOCK, Texas - The mounted patrol unit for Lubbock Police is not only keeping us safe, but it is providing an opportunity to interact with law enforcement. 

Lieutenant Jeanelle Wadkins is one of six officers fully trained as mounted patrol. The unit is part time and Wadkins said they are working to build a larger presence. 

"It allows us to communicate with our citizens and hopefully get to know them better and provide a service they are proud of," Wadkins said. 

David Chapman with The Lubbock Police Foundation said they are collecting donations for these officers. 

"It's their own horse, their own equipment, their own time, their own vehicles," Chapman said. "They're doing this out of the goodness of their heart and willingness to serve."

Wadkins said it is important these horses have the proper equipment, but it is costly. She said only two out of the 10 horses have protection boots. 

"The horse are barefoot and you can't have metal shoes because of all the different surfaces, they'll slip and fall, " Wadkins said. "So these help protect their feet from glass, rocks, nails, the different surfaces that we have, but they also provide the protection for the horse and officer where it gives them traction on no matter what surface we're on, so they don't slip and fall." 

Wadkins and Chapman's hope is that with more donations, the horses will be fully equipped and more officers will be trained.


One man hospitalized after single-vehicle crash

LUBBOCK, Texas - A single vehicle crash Sunday morning sent a man to the hospital with serious injuries. 

Lubbock Police responded to the frontage road by the North Loop and I-27.

Police said a 24-year-old male attempted to exit the loop on the eastbound access road when he rolled his pickup, struck a stop sign, and a wooden telephone pole. 

According to police, it appears the 24-year-old male was not wearing a seat belt. The driver's name has not been released.


The Trump Administration addresses opioid epidemic

This opioid epidemic is considered a national public health emergency. The crisis stems from both abuse and over-prescription of these painkillers.

The Trump Administration is using an array of methods to combat the epidemic.

60 people die every day from opioid pain medications. That's 22,000 per year.

President Trump is using a summit at the White House to advocate for harsher punishments against distributors.

"Some countries have a very very tough penalty, the ultimate penalty," President Trump said, "and by the way they have much less of a drug problem then we do. so we're going to have to be very strong on penalties."

Charles Seifert with the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center said opioid abuse isn't showing any signs of fading away.

"Studies have shown a clear increase in the amount of opioid deaths in the last several years, it's gone up drastically," Seifert said. "It probably has doubled in the last 5 years."

It starts at the doctor's office, patients looking for pain relief, but stay on the medication for too long and get addicted. When it comes to abuse, Seifert said these drugs are easily accessible for people who don't want to get them on the street.

"The number one place that people get opioids illicitly is from a friend or relative,  number one," Seifert said. "They either ask for it, steal it, or buy it from them."

Seifert isn't confident in the effectiveness of opioids and believes the harmful long term effects they can have on someone aren't worth the risk

Since 1996, more than 26,000 opioid overdoses in the US were reversed with naloxone. The House and Senate are working on a package of bills addressing the epidemic, but none have made it to a vote.

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