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Aug 1, 2012 5:20 PM by Josh Breslow

Family Of Casey County Dog Attack Victim Looking For Public's Help

The family of a Casey County boy who nearly lost his arm in a dog attack last week needs financial help.

Garrett Carrier's living room is lined with 'get well' cards and balloons. All meant to be a show of support for the 9-year-old, who is recovering from a traumatic experience.

"It hurt a little when I got up this morning," said Garrett.

Garrett was playing in his yard last Tuesday, when his family said, he was attacked by the neighbor's dog. The boy was rushed to UK Hospital in bad shape and released days later.

"He's still got a long road ahead of him," said Crystal Sims, Garrett's mother.

It's a road that includes several check-ups, procedures, and even physical therapy. Add in the already mounting medical bills and it's a financial nightmare.

"I don't even want to start checking the mail, waiting for them to get here," Sims said. "It's not something we're prepared for really."

The family is now looking for help from the community, accepting donations at Casey County Bank, under the "Garrett Carrier Benefit Fund."

Several events have also been planned to lessen the family's burden.

On August 11th, there will be a motorcycle benefit ride from the old Walmart in Stanford to Garrett's house in Casey County. Registration is $15 per bike. There will also be an optional $5 poker hand. Registration will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The ride leaves at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Mike Myers at (606) 303-3691.

On August 25th, there will be a four-wheeler ride starting on Trusty Hollow. Registration is $15 per four-wheeler. Sign up will start at 10 a.m. and the ride begins at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Mary Rowland ay (859) 583-8439.

"We just want to say thanks for everybody's thoughts and prayers and support. We need it more than anybody knows, right now," said Sims.

"Thanks for everything you all are doing for me," said Garrett.

Garrett's family told LEX 18, they have also built a wooden fence around their house to keep the 9-year-old safe when he is outside playing.

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