Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Rantoul, IL - Children and the elderly are the most frequent victims of serious dog bite injury. Unlike attacks on children, attacks on the elderly and senior citizens are often less publicized. Older citizens injured in dog attacks do not heal at the same rate as children and often suffer complications, such as infection, after the initial bite injury. Older citizens also suffer devastating "non bite" injuries, such as the aftermath of being "knocked to the ground" by a pit bull-mix:
"An elderly Rantoul woman is recovering from a broken hip and other injuries received when she was knocked down by a large dog.Related articles:
Eleanor McDonald, 80, was outside her home at 519 N. Ohio Ave. with her dog Dakota, a 20-pound poodle mix, shortly after 9 p.m. Aug. 17 when a large dog charged her from behind. She was knocked to the ground, but grabbed the leg of the dog to prevent it from hurting Dakota. The dog dragged her across a gravel driveway, said her son, Richard McDonald.
According to the police report, two men pulled the dog away from her and returned it to a neighboring home where it was being kept for its owner, Antoine P. Lee, who lives in the 1100 block of Falcon Drive. The dog was reported to be an American bulldog-pitbull mix.
In addition to the broken hip, Eleanor McDonald's right wrist was crushed and she was bitten on the right hand and left arm. After surgery to replace her hip and wire her wrist together, she was transferred to a nursing rehabilitation center, her son said.
Her right hand remained bruised and swollen from the bite a week after the incident and she had no appetite, he said.
The dog was taken to Champaign County Animal Control in Urbana and placed in quarantine. A call to the county facility confirmed that the dog had not been vaccinated. It was euthanized Thursday because Lee failed to reclaim it after quarantine ended."
08/30/09: 90-Year Old Phoenix Woman Dies After Complications of Dog Bite
02/10/09: Brenda Hill, 68, Attacked by Pit Bulls While Taking Out the Trash
10/11/08: Victims of Serious Dog Attacks Suffer Long After Attack
09/10/08: 2 Pit Bulls Killed After Mauling 71-Year Old SeaTac Woman
07/03/08: Henry Piotrowski, 90, Suffers 3 Amputations After Pit Bull Attack
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| 9/10/2009 12:56 PM |
Letter to the editor from family
Several need to be thanked for help following dog attack
"As many of you now know, my mother, Eleanor McDonald, was viciously attacked by a pit bull in the evening of August 17, 2009 at her residence.
The animal involved in this attack was not tagged for rabies, nor did he have a shot record from any veterinarian. Nor was this animal properly restrained by a means sufficient enough to prevent his escape and protect the citizens of Rantoul from his potential to inflict harm or possible death. This is unacceptable and is 100 percent the fault of an owner with no sense of societal responsibility.
(My mother) had a right hip replaced, and her right wrist pinned in four places, and suffered two bites, cuts and scratches. She is presently undergoing therapy and should have a somewhat complete recovery, over time..."
| 10/09/2009 5:37 PM |
Animal Control officer Theresa Floss died a week after being knocked down by an aggressive pit bull. She hit her head causing fatal brain injury. Oddly, the family denies the link between the two incidents, though she has been hospitalized SINCE the incident. (So was the hospital negligent in her death? Was she beaten while in her hospital bed and that's why she suffered fatal brain injury?)
"Police say a Connecticut animal control officer has died a week after being knocked down by a pit bull that was threatening a family in Plainfield. Police and a funeral director say 47-year-old Theresa Foss died Thursday at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Her cause of death wasn’t released. Police say the dog did not bite Foss, and Charles Gagne of Gagne-Piechowski Funeral Home in Jewett City says her death was not related to the Sept. 29 incident.
| 10/28/2009 6:30 PM |
More "non bite" injury:
October 28, 2009 -- "A police officer broke his arm fighting off an attack by a pit bull on the Northwestside. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Sgt. Ronald Brezik shattered his forearm near the wrist after he was attacked at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday on the 4000 block of North Vinewood Avenue."