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Blogger Jaloney  |  8/29/2013 1:12 AM  |  Flag  
What a horrible thing to happen in a public park. These attacks in campgrounds are on the rise, and campground owners are not doing enough to insure that pitbulls and other dangerous dogs are kept out. I went to two campgrounds last summer that assured me that they did not let these dogs in, and then I saw them on the premises after I checked in. Just another horrible loophole. This sure doesn't promote tourism.

Blogger Jaloney  |  8/29/2013 1:14 AM  |  Flag  
I went to different campgrounds last summer and asked about pitbulls on the premises. The management assured me that they don't allow them.. then after I check in.. I saw the dogs on the premises. This is a horrible thing to have to worry about when you are supposed to be kicking back and enjoying nature. I hope this woman can recover some damages somehow, and the campground legal loopholes can be tightened up. Shame on the Texas Media for not reporting this story.

Blogger vintage  |  8/29/2013 5:12 AM  |  Flag  
Hard to believe that a doctor at Houston's Memorial Hermann would be shaken by a mauling victim. MH gets so many pit trauma cases that the Military should be training deploying Corspman and Medics there.

It's sickening!

Blogger snack sized dog  |  8/29/2013 8:00 AM  |  Flag  
This is horrifying in so many ways. This place advertises itself as a vacation spot for people with campers - anyone could happen by and be subjected to this - and the same could happen at many campgrounds.

I don't understand why she WASNT transferred to another hospital once stabilized - seeing her wounds after she had evidently been released is horrific.

You cannot "be charitable" or forgiving or tolerant of people with dangerous dogs. You do not know if they're insured and you do know they have no obligation to be responsible for their choices.

I hope Lorrie heals well. They were very persistent in trying to get remedy, but got nowhere. And all because someone chose to keep a kind of animal they don't need and has been bred to inflict sharklike wounds on people.

The the laws - or absence of them - show this. Before pit bulls leaked into the general public, there were virtually no vicious and dangerous dog definitions - there was no need for different categories of bite trauma - because normal dogs generally produce punctures and tears and rarely killed or maimed. Now pit bulls are dismembering people and there is nothing in the legal code to reflect that danger.

And just wow - "21Don't forget that the City of Willis is where the 2012 Spindletop pit bull rescue bust when down. Willis was also home to William David Townsend Jr., involved in drug-trafficking and fighting pit bulls and suspected in the 2006 murder of Thomas Weigner Jr. who ran a multi-million dollar pit bull breeding operation in Liberty County. Willis only has a population of about 6,000 people!"

Lorrie and Thomas are right - just don't get out of your car anywhere near there. Shows you what a healthy dogfighting culture and the world's largest pit bull "rescue" can do to a place.

Thanks for telling their story. There are so many stories to tell.

Blogger Don Bauermeister  |  8/29/2013 1:31 PM  |  Flag  
The owner of this dog is a puke.
How many bites until you realize the dog needs to be put down.
Get some common sense lady! This should have never happened.

The the Texas Legislature, do your job! Like President Ronald Reagan said, "Government exists to protect us from each other... Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.

Texas is a crying shame.

Peace be with these victims and the many more who have similar stories across this country and around the world.

Blogger vintage  |  8/30/2013 3:00 AM  |  Flag  
We have a Pit Bull Problem Houston!

March 2013, Baytown, TX; 12 year old girl flown to Houston's Memorial Hermann (Again!!) after going over to pit mix owning friend's house.

Jan 2013, Montgomery County, TX; 4 year old Christian Germanous becomes Texas' 44th pit bull DBRF victim. Mauled by neighbor's pit bull, life flighted and later dies at the hospital DBRF!

July 2012, Cold Spring, TX; Man airlifted to Memorial Herman Hospital in Houston after pit bull attack. The woman he was walking with was merely transported by ambulance.

Sep 2011, Harris County, TX; Newborn boy used as a chew toy by the "family" Pit-lab mix. Airlifted to local hospital where he doesn't survive DBRF!

July 2011, Harris County, TX; 10 year old boy pulled off his bike by neighbor's containment breaking pit bulls. “The boy was mauled on his upper torso and lower legs,” Gilliland wrote. “He was Life Flighted from the area and is in good condition.”

Aug 2010, Houston, TX; Middle aged woman savaged by three loose pit bulls. Life flighted to hospital

Nov 2009, Houston, TX; Pit Bull mauls it's owner. The woman is airlifted to Memorial Hermann after being rescued by her neighbor

Nov 2008, Willis, TX; 8 year old boy life flighted to Memorial Herman Hospital after being pulled off his bike and mauled by his neighbor's pit bulls. Family sets up medical fund to pay for the medical expenses

Nov 2006, Harris County TX; 4 year old Pedro Rios is mauled by neighbor's loose pit bull. Flown to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston where he dies

Oct 2005, Harris County, TX; 4 year old boy mauled by two loose pit bulls while walking with his mother to bus stop. Passerby's rescue and police respond and shoot the animals. Life flighted to Memorial Herman Hospital

April 2004, Houston, TX; 12 year old boy pulled off his bike and mauled by fence jumping pit bull belonging to his neighbor. Airlifted to Memorial Hermann

Blogger Jeff Deejay Bogart  |  8/30/2013 7:15 AM  |  Flag  
It just goes to show you that you can't even be friends with people that own pit bulls. Not even an "I'm sorry" that my landshark almost tore your leg off.
It reminds me of the "stop BSL" people standing up at the Watertown, WI city counsel meeting last week. "Its not fair" that I have to have a $100,000 liability insurance policy because I own an unpredictable and dangerous fighting breed. After all, they are "just like any other dog"
After Dax was killed, the first thing I do when meeting someone for the first time is find out what kind of dog they have. If its a pit bull, I walk away and never speak to them again. I know its prejudice but I don't care.
I've heard this before and it is true. "By the time someone finds DogsBite.org, it's already too late"

Blogger colleen lynn  |  8/30/2013 9:08 AM  |  Flag  
For clarification - Harris County (Houston) is adjacent to Montgomery County (directly to the south) and is the leading county in dog bite fatalities in Texas. Memorial Herman has multiple ER facilities spread throughout the region, The Woodlands being one. It's a large network of hospitals. There are two Level 1 trauma hospitals, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and Children's Memorial Herman Hospital, both located in downtown Houston. They receive the LifeFlights. Also, notably, the pre-emptive anti-BSL law passed in 1991 was authored and sponsored by a Harris County Rep. and Senator. It doesn't look like Natylee Murphy. is on your list Vintage, she was an airlift out of Montgomery County in 2009. Oh God, just seeing this again now, her mauler's name was TANK.

Blogger Casie  |  8/30/2013 12:04 PM  |  Flag  
Not only is this terrifying...but that there is no recourse for this poor woman is unimaginable. I would expect that of a third world country but not the United States. Things must change!

Blogger Max Gold  |  8/31/2013 9:01 PM  |  Flag  
I relate strongly to this story, although I am from Australia, I was invited to a private property to perform a quote for my lawn maintenance business. I was only at the property for a minute before two large pitbulls set upon me and attacked. I suffered a serious leg injury and spent a week in hospital and for 6 months I was unable to walk and a host of other complications. I was granted no victim of crimes compensation, as no crime was considered to have occurred. After 4 years, next month I finally get to see a judge and a courtroom regarding civil liability. To this day I have had to pay for everything myself. I had to sell my business, had to sell specialist equipment, the losses go on and on. I lost complete faith in our system and see it as a disgrace. To think that this is tolerated in a civilized society is beyond imagination. I will NEVER be the same again, and not just physically. I hope that good fortune shines on this couple somewhere along the way.

Blogger Your Quiet Neighbor  |  9/01/2013 7:23 PM  |  Flag  
If something bills itself as "dog friendly," I stay the hell away from it. All too often, "dog friendly" means that the dogs count for everything and humans matter not at all. This Texas case is yet another example.

Blogger Melinda Crow  |  10/19/2013 12:28 PM  |  Flag  
I am the owner of an RV park with a no-dog policy that was put in place following a dog attack that killed one miniature horse and mauled another. It is absolutely incredible how people react to our policy. We have been verbally abused and have had bad reviews written about our place by people who we turned away because they had dogs.

We have discovered just how hard it is to stand up to people who are clueless, both to the harm dogs can inflict and to the liability issues they pose.

Thank you for a detailed look at this story.

Blogger w smith  |  3/17/2014 6:28 PM  |  Flag  
I kind of feel sick to my stomach now because we visited an RV park in Concan, Tx. Directly across from Garner State Park and I remember now a pit mix tethered so closely to the path all the children used to get to the river...I remember now as we walked our small breed yappers down that path seeing that baby killer going nuts...I know I shook my head in disgust at it being there around children but now know after all the stories and videos I have seen about the danger of these killers attacking other animals that what we consider routine walks could have ended in tradgedy for our small breeds and us as well..Im not that carefree anymore...just got back from that area and every potty break we took going and coming I was on the lookout...luckily I only saw one that I was aware of and immediately I ordered the puppers into the car...how do I tell my family in the event of one of these attacks on our smaller breeds to not intervene due to the risk of them being attacked as well...how do I tell them to let one of our small breed family member pets be the sacrificial lamb due to the pit bull machine out of control??

Blogger Unknown  |  10/03/2014 10:29 AM  |  Flag  
I had a girlfriend who rescued cats and old pit bulls. she kept 6 pit bulls and 21 cats in her house. Yes, she was sick in the head, but thats off the topic. I have 3 very small dogs (2 chihuahuas and a mini-pincer). Knowing that pit bulls are dangerous and unpredictable animals is not rocket science, so I told her to NEVER bring her dogs over to my house. One day when I came home from work, she was there and there were 3 of her pit bulls in my back yard with my little dogs. As I was telling her to round up her dogs and go home, my little chihuahua growled a bit at one of the old pit bulls and the pit bull grabbed his little head and shook him like a rag doll. After I got him away from the pit bull, I saw that he had two punctures in the top of his skull and his nose was half missing. My girl friends immediate response was, "your dog started it". I told her that who starts it is of no consequence. That it was started and your dog will always finish it, IS THE POINT and get your dogs out of here and never come back. A year later, she is still placing blame on my dog, as if a dog has a choice in how they behave. Most dogs are predictably friendly. However, the only thing predictable about a pit bull is that you never know what might set it off and if it decides to bite you, you might die. I can honestly say that if I was wearing my side-arm, I would have shot her dog until it was dead.

Blogger Travelchic  |  4/30/2015 7:39 AM  |  Flag  
I am so sorry to hear of the attack that Lorrie suffered. It shows that some pit bull owners are just plain cold, and forget that people do matter. I am also very saddened by the story about baby Dax that is posted. It sounds unimaginable, and beyond heartbreak. I am shocked at the red tape that victims have to navigate through. My sister was walking her Corgi, when a pit bull attacked her dog in a bad way, but thankfully survived.

I also had a run in with four loose pit bulls. The owner let them out of her truck, and they formed a circle around me, barking nonstop. I was in the middle of the parking lot where I rented a townhouse, with my groceries in my arms, terrified. I just screamed, "Get Back" as loud as I can. The owner then got out of the truck, and called her dogs away, but two of them were not moving. One was the really aggressive one, and she had to come over and get him. The baby pit bull showed me it wanted to play, but I could not play with him, while the aggressive Luis was ready to jump. The owner admitted he was the tough one, My pressure and adrenalin was so high, that when I went inside, I immediately suffered a nose bleed. That happened several years ago.

Now, I am fearful at my new place. On Thursday, at night around 10 pm or so, I went outside, into the hall, to get ready to put my trash out. At that moment, the apartment across the hall door opened. There was an unleashed black pitbull, lunging towards me, as a little girl is straining to hold him back. He was barking aggressively,and looked plenty mean, as if he was ready to attack. He was also snarling and showing his teeth. I was in shock, and said, What the ???, and ran back into my apartment.

This is in South Carolina. The property manager acted vague and ambiguous, when I told him what happened. There are mostly women with about six small dogs in this building. This pit bull did not seem socialized, and was viewing me as a threat, only a few feet away. I contacted the Property Owner's assistant who told me to email her, and I will send a certified Letter. It takes seconds for a Pit Bull's jaw to latch on, and not let go. I also had it documented with Animal Controlas an event. Everyone in the building is talking, and fearful, but will not do anything. I had to do something. Another tenant told me to put her name also in my letter.

I wanted to buy mace or animal repellent, but the Lowe's employee said if that dog slips out, you will not have time to defend yourself. I cannot believe the property manager would break his own rules on the lease to have dogs under 20 lbs only. The pitbull is large, and does not seem socialized. It also was seen lunging toward a smaller dog already by another neighbor. The owner strains to keep hold of him. Why should I be exposed to this unnecessary safety risk? I doubt I have many rights, but does anyone recommend a weapon (not a gun),just in case ? I do not trust the owner of this dog and the child to keep me safe, and the dog resides ONLY 5 to 6 feet across from me. I am hoping that something will be done by the Property Owner's office, but if not, what weapon options do I have to defend myself, God forbid ? The Property manager sees no threat, and completely blew me off. SO, I am hoping going above him will not prove detrimental to me.

Blogger Travelchic  |  5/05/2015 3:46 AM  |  Flag  
In just two days, I spoke to two more people with pitbull incidents. One landscaping guy was bit by pitbulls. Another woman had to use her baton into a pit bulls mouth at the dog park to release the smaller dog he was biting.

While most of my neighbors wanted the pitbull out of our quiet community, one of my neighbors embarassed and mocked me in front of two other neighbors by saying, "So what are you afraid of dogs ?" I told her, Listen, honey, I am not afraid of dogs. I owned dobermans and a chow. I came close to attack by pit bulls. Just that breed. I am concerned about the Pitbull's reaction to me, when the little girl opened her door and he saw me. The neighbor says, "Yes, everyone knows they are going to defend their territory, and consider you a threat." Exactly my point, and I do not wish to be considered the threat, and sacrifice my life or limb. She was so rude, like a cold sociopath mocking my desire to stay safe. After reading the stories on Dogsbite.org, I took this event more seriously, and I cried after the stories of deaths to babies. Later that day, another neighbor told me the "Pit" is leaving on Friday. Yeah, that means my email worked, and when I see that, it will be a victory for me and the building, and the small breeds in here ! Thanks to Dogsbite.org for giving me the resolve and the statistics to inform my property owner. It seems like a gamble, to see "what if" something happened to a smaller dog or human here. I have no regrets for being passionate and determined to safeguard myself and others. My heart goes out, and I am so Sorry to those who have experienced so much loss to the most lethal of the dog breeds. May the victims rest in peace. the families can never forget.

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