Saturday, January 10, 2009
UPDATE 01/10/09: The 81-year old victim, Victoria Garcia, still remains in critical care. This latest article contains the most detailed account of the double attack so far. Apparently, when the deputies arrived and began assisting Elizabeth Flores, 24, near the store's front door, the dogs began attacking Garcia. Flores thinks that Garcia might have heard her yell for help and walked outside. Before Garcia could be helped, the dogs had inflicted enough damage to send her to ICU.
Officials said that before the attacks, the dogs had dug a hole under a fence and had run away from the home. The owners weren't aware of the dogs' escape until afterward. Animal Services officers issued six Class C misdemeanor citations to the pit bull owners for not complying with state animal regulations. This article does not mention Lillian's Law, which is a felony law designed to harshly penalize owners of loose dogs that attack and cause severe injury or death.
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01/08/09: Elderly Victim Known as "Miss Victoria"
Animal Control captured two dogs believed to have been involved in both of the attacks. Neighbors said that many dogs run loose and untagged in the area. Neighbors also said that the 81-year-old woman, known as "Miss Victoria," would frequently walk from her house through an arroyo and then an overgrown lot to go to the grocery store. She continues to be in critical condition at Thomason Hospital. The other victim, 24-year old Elizabeth Flores, is recovering at home and doing okay.
01/08/09: Two Attacks, Same Pair of Pit Bulls
El Paso, TX - A pair of loose pit bulls attacked a 24-year old woman while she was near a supermarket, then 30 minutes later attacked and critically injured an 81-year old woman. Both women were taken to Thomason Hospital. Deputy Jesse Tovar said that loose dogs are "an ongoing problem in the county. They are unrestrained, unconfined and unvaccinated." He left out that pit bulls are also "deadly." An investigation into the attack is apparently ongoing.
"An 81-year-old woman was critically injured and another woman was also hospitalized after separate attacks by a pair of pit bulls Wednesday night in Fabens, an El Paso County sheriff's spokesman said. Sheriff's deputies and animal control officers caught one of the dogs, a female, and were searching for a male after the attacks, which occurred about 30 minutes apart at separate locations. About 7 p.m., the dogs attacked a 24-year-old woman and bit her on the right hand, the left armpit and the left thigh while she was near a supermarket, sheriff's spokes man Deputy Jesse Tovar said. About 7:30 p.m., the 81-year-old woman was bitten multiple times when she was attacked near homes in the 400 block of Cima Street, Tovar said. Both women were taken to Thomason Hospital."Related articles:
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10/06/08: London Pianist and Toddler Attacked by a Pair of Pit Bulls
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| 1/11/2009 10:24 PM |
Could it be when the victims are lower income women that officials do not respect them enough to use LIllian's Law?
What will it take to get corrupt officials to respect the law? Why do criminals get special handling and special care and protection?
I hope that Miss Victoria's family has called the lawyers. Besides the owners of the dogs, the city and Animal Control need to get hit hard with lawsuits.
They allowed this to happen to this lady.
They need to get sued so that others will not get mauled and killed.
| 1/12/2009 3:03 AM |
Excellent insight anonymous. El Paso county...not particularly on the list of "doers and prosecutions." But they are on the list of fatal attacks in Texas, just as the "non-prosecuting" county of Bexar is...
| 1/12/2009 4:14 AM |
This is what one would think, yes. But highly praised -- for her "victims advocacy" -- District Attorney of Bexar County, Susan Reed, seems to be doing little...
In fact, Bexar is the third most populated county in Texas, but is at the bottom of the bucket for prosecuting under Lillian's Law.