Monday, January 14, 2008
Evansville, IN - While a mother and daughter underwent treatment at Deaconess Hospital for wounds inflicted during a vicious attack by their own dog, neighbors couldn't shake images of Wednesday morning's bloody mauling.
Some wished they could have done more to help 20-year-old Tia Franz, who reportedly screamed for help as she cowered in her back yard while Felony, a white 2-year-old pit bull, relentlessly ripped at the flesh on her arms and chest. Others let their eyes and concerns wander to other pit bulls on the block. At least three stood nearby: only one was leashed.
Women on the scene told officers the attack started after they got into an argument. The dog lunged at James first. Franz tried to get the dog away from her mother, but it turned on Franz and chased her through three rooms and into the back yard. Hours after the attack, the porch was spattered with drops of blood as neighbors gathered nearby to talk.
Officer Hayden said the attack marked the first this year; but he also gave it a more dubious distinction. "It's up in the top percentage of (violent dog attacks), based on the severity of the two individuals' injuries," he said.
Kendall Paul, the Vanderburgh Humane Society director, offered two distinctly different comments that highlights a flip-floppy view held by many. On one hand she said, "Whether those dogs became aggressive or a playmate is up to the owner." On the other hand, "A gun, in the wrong hands, is lethal."
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| 1/14/2008 8:08 PM |
That's right, an "argument," or children "running" through the house sets off pit bulls into fight action. In this instance and the instance of Seth Lovitt, it was the family dog that attacked family members who raised their voices.
Good God, the tragedy this family will suffer for years to come. The tragedy Seth's family, and all the others will suffer as well...