Thursday, March 19, 2009
Sorensen told reporters, "People have to see what these dogs are capable of."
Graphic Side View
UPDATE 03/19/09: On March 19, the Silsbee Bee newspaper reported on the horrific attack of Pat Sorensen. The newspaper depicted a new photo of Sorensen's injury (a close-up, side view). Since the February attack, she has undergone two major operations including a skin graft to reform the right side of her face, which doctors were unable to re-attach. The article also describes in greater detail the moments that led up to the disfiguring attack:
"She gave the court graphic details of her impression of what happened in the next few seconds indicating that the dog knocked her glasses off and that she could feel blood all on her face. At this time the pit bull released and then bit her again on the back of her neck just barely missing a main artery. Sorensen took a brief moment to describe how a person at the scene had placed her right check in a container with ice."03/12/09: Pat Sorensen, a Pit Bull Attack Victim
Kirbyville, TX - DogsBite.org recently recorded this incident into our dog attack spreadsheet. At the time, only a short article was present. Though details of the victim's injuries were sparse, several items sent chills up our spine: a second felony arrest had been made and the victim, 61-year old Pat Sorensen, had stepped through her restaurant's door only to suddenly be assaulted by a pit bull on the other side. The vicious attack occurred February 17th.
This is what aOn March 12, it was reported that Amanda Byrd, 21 was arrested. Her husband Ricky Byrd, 26 was arrested just after the attack. Both face 3rd degree felony charges and up to 10 years behind bars. The dog was off owner property when it attacked, so it qualifies under Lillian's Law. Ricky worked for Sorensen's husband. That day, Amanda brought "Nubbs" just inside the deli's door. As Sorensen approached the deli's door, the pit bull attacked her.
chimpanzeepit bull can do to a person's face.
On Friday March 13th, Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Susan Ratcliff deliberated the fate of the attacking dog. She ordered the pit bull destroyed immediately. The owners didn't contest her decision. Sorensen says neither Amanda nor Ricky offered an apology to her at the hearing. Friends and family members have set up a medical fund for Patricia Sorensen at First Bank & Trust. Please contact the Kirbyville branch to learn more: (409) 423-7400.
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| 3/14/2009 2:24 AM |
Pat Sorensen is truly amazing. I am speechless upon watching her video.
She did NOT DESERVE this!
The video said she also suffered injuries to her mouth and teeth. So in addition to the facial surgery she will need oral surgery. Does anyone think this 20 something-year-old couple can afford to pay her massive injury costs -- over how many years?
Outside of Ricky's truck, the two probably have NO ASSETS. And Ricky probably doesn't even own the truck, the bank does. Due to the fact that the two will be charged with a felony, this should give Pat access to the Texas Felony Victim Fund.
Yet who cares about the money!
Why did this have to happen is a better question. Why did 21-year Amanda believe that her "leashed" pit bull was a dog that she could safely handle? Why does any pit bull owner believe this? The dogs can pull, what is it, 6,000 pounds in a weight pull?
I pray for Pat and her family.
| 3/14/2009 4:04 AM |
The groups like Best Friends and Bad Rap (and the breeders, and AKC) that tell impressionable, ignorant 21 year old kids that pit bulls are ok and "just like any other dog" and just "need love" to make them all better SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE for these attacks.
They are directly telling people that no special care is needed for pit bulls, and terrible attacks like this result.
| 3/14/2009 4:05 AM |
These dogs jump on people and bite them in the face -- this is what they do. Three adult Texans last week nearly got an eye ball taken out by a pit bull. One of them actually did (the man from Houston). Vets and doctors say that kids -- due to their height -- are at the highest risk for FACIAL TRAUMA in dog attacks. I wonder how many labs and shepherds jump up on an adult body and attack their face? This seems to be yet another pit bull attribute.
| 3/20/2009 5:20 AM |
Also in the courtroom were Ricky and Amanda Byrd, both in handcuffs and chains. Both Byrds were offered a time to ask the witness questions and they denied. Near the end of the hearing, Amanda Byrd stated, “Just put him (the pit bull dog) down.”
Ricky Byrd also stated, “We are not contesting anything.”
PUNISH AND PREVENT THE DEED, REGULATE THE BREED!
| 3/20/2009 10:54 AM |
Good God Texas -- wake up! Start protecting your women and children. Some pit bulls in Smith county just sent Kristin Langston to Mother Frances Hospital with "severe injuries."
The pit bulls responsible for the attack are believed to have attacked another man last year and trapped a neighbor in her car in January.