Volunteer dies after dog biting | RecordCourier.com

Volunteer dies after dog biting

Merrie D. Leininger

A 78-year-old Topaz Lake Park volunteer died Thursday morning as a result of a head injury he received after he was bitten by a dog.

Larry Fredin, of Topaz Lake, was bitten by a camper’s dog Wednesday morning as he was working on a sprinkler system.

According to Communications Director Dick Mirgon, the rottweiler-mix had come with its Lyon County owners on a camping trip, and during the trip had delivered a litter of puppies.

Mirgon said witnesses told officials the dog came out of a tent and lunged at Fredin, bitting his hand and knocking him over.

“He struck his head on something hard and it caused a cut,” Mirgon said.

Topaz Lake Fire Chief Frank Riva said he responded to the scene and Fredin had a swollen cut on the back of his head, but he was conscious and “had all his facilties about him.”

He was transported to Carson Valley Medical Center where he was treated and released.

About 3:45 p.m., Fredin’s wife called 911 after she noticed blood coming out of his ear.

Riva said he again responded to the scene and Fredin was incoherent. He was transported by CareFlight to Washoe Medical Center in Reno.

Mirgon said Fredin died Thursday morning in the hospital.

Washoe County Coroner Vernon McCarty said he determined the cause of death was a head injury.

Fredin had volunteered with the parks department every summer for 10 years, Mirgon said. His family could not be reached for comment.

Mirgon said park employees have been instructed not to discuss Fredin or the incident because the Attorney’s Office is in the process of completing an investigation into the incident.

According to Mirgon, the dog isbeing quarantined in Lyon County according to the state law and it does have its current rabies vaccination.

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