Holdrege, NE - Diane Ronnenkamp was attacked by a pit bull recently while walking her male chocolate lab in front of her home. The pit bull first went after her dog then bit her as she tried to free herself from her dog's leash. She made it to the back door of her house where her husband, Tim, beat the dog away, pulled Diane and her dog into the house and called 911.
The bites on Diane's left hand are now infected, and she is unable to use two of her fingers on that hand. The pit bull was impounded for 10 days and then released to its owner, Christine Worth. The owner works at North Park Animal Hospital and owns two pit bulls. She has owned Romeo, the attacking dog, since 2004. She says he's "not aggressive."
"I'm not saying that I'm innocent in any way, shape or form," Worth said. "My dog was at large that morning, and I take responsibility for that, but as far as him being aggressive, vicious and wanting to rip somebody's throat out and tear open their dog, that is very false."
Worth denies that her dog did tear open another dog.
The dog also bit Diane and chased the two of them to the back of the house. Diane's husband had to beat the dog away. Due to yet another arcane dog law, the City of Holdrege handed the attacking dog back to Worth and the pit bull is free to attack again. How can the community trust "vet tech" Worth to restrain her dog or take responsibility after an attack?
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