Attacking Pit Bull is Now in Custody
Warrensburg, MO - The pit bull that attacked Tonya Potter and tore off her nose was turned over to Warrensburg Animal Control. It is now being observed for signs of rabies. Information regarding the owner (and his whereabouts), Matthew Brooks, is still unknown.
23-year-old Tonya Potter has more than 100 stitches and a skin graph holding her nose together now. In a video, she talks to FOX 4 news and takes off her bandages so that "people can see the damage that a pit bull can do -- it's really no joke." This video is not for lightweights, nor is this website for that matter, which is why we posted the photo.
She said if her friend had not found a piece of her cartilage and brought it to the hospital the doctors would not have been able to reattach it properly. As it stands, she needs one full year of healing prior to a series of reconstructive surgeries that will begin to reshape her nose.
Who will pay for these surgeries? Not Matthew -- he is undoubtedly uninsured and therefore judgment proof. Will the owner of the house, where the attack took place, pay? Will Tonya pay? These are uncertain questions that only a lawyer can determine. DogsBite.org hopes that Tonya gets a very good attorney.
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