Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Shreveport, LA - Police are trying to track down two pit bull dogs that attacked an elderly man as he took his morning walk. 89-year-old Brazele Coutee says he was walking down Horn Place when the attack happened. He suffered injuries to his legs and thigh. He was taken to LSU where he was treated and released. Neighbor Jerome Smith says he banged a shovel on the ground while another neighbor threw rocks at the dogs to chase them away.
"Coutee who says he walks every day about four to five miles a day and he's not going to let a dog attack stop him. He says now, he'll be armed with not just a cane during those morning walks."Mr. Coutee likely plans on being armed with a serious weapon. This is not uncommon for victims of serious dog attacks. They understand the reality of dog attacks clearly. In a larger sense, his actions represent a sinister injustice that public policy makers continue to deny. But there is no denying that we now live in a country where citizens -- particularly senior citizens -- are being forced to arm themselves with lethal weapons to fend off dangerous dogs.
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| 2/27/2008 12:29 AM |
No one in our country ought to be forced to carry a gun -- or other lethal weapon -- to protect themselves from dangerous dogs! But this is what it is coming to isn't it?
89-year old Mr. Coutee is a prime example of HIGH risk people when it comes to serious dog attacks. Why aren't public officials doing more about this problem? Why aren't they protecting our senior citizens and children from these dangerous dogs?
It makes SICK to think that elderly people who take daily walks are more and more victimized by these dogs and irresponsible owners who cannot be held legally accountable for their actions.
Where is the NASC in all of this?
| 2/27/2008 11:45 AM |
I agree with the above poster...our most vulnerable citizens are the ones who are most at risk. Where are the child welfare organizations and elder advocates? Why aren't they demanding laws to protect these victims?