Pit Bull Owner Jailed During Attack
Indianapolis, IN - An Indianapolis man continues to recover in a hospital four days after he was mauled by three pit bulls as he tried to save a woman from the attacking animals on the city’s Eastside. Thomas Wimberly, 48, and Carrolle Bales, 42, both Indianapolis, suffered severe puncture and bite wounds in Monday night’s attack, according to an Indianapolis metropolitan police report.
Bales was walking in an alley near her home when three pit bulls bolted out of a yard and attacked her. One of the dogs grabbed her left arm while the other two attacked her legs. She fell to the ground, as the animals pounced. Wimberly saw the attack while driving by in his pickup and began honking to distract the animals. He ran to Bales’ aid, at which point the dogs dragged him to the ground.
Police said Bales suffered gaping holes in her left arm and leg and torso, and that she may have suffered a broken arm. Wimberly suffered deep puncture wounds to both arms and his face. The pair was taken to Wishard Hospital for treatment. Carolyn Boss, 49, Indianapolis, said she was caring for the animals while their owner -- her son -- is in prison. She told police that she thought the dogs had been provoked.
An IMPD officer who responded to the scene reported seeing blood on all three animals, scuff marks and splattered blood in the alley behind where Boss lives. Police said that two of the dogs had water but lacked proper shelter, and that one of the animals had been tethered to a tree by a 7-foot-long heavy tow chain. Boss surrendered the dogs to animal-control officials and now faces six citations in the case.
Boss does not, however, face multiple gaping holes in her body or broken bones. Imagine if she did!
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