Denise Rocha Nearly Died
San Antonio, TX - A Texas news source has reported on Denise Rocha's recovery and upcoming charges against the owners of the pit bulls that violently attacked her over two months ago. Rocha's right arm remains badly damaged and mostly paralyzed, and scars cover nearly half her body. Currently, Bexar County prosecutors are "readying" to present Rocha's case to a grand jury.
After the fatal attack of Tanner Monk in Stephens County, it only took 10 days to charge the dog owners. It's been about 65 since the near fatal attack of Rocha and Bexar officials have yet to call a grand jury.
Bill Blagg, of the Bexar County district attorney's office, said, "There's enough in the file to tell us these dogs really harmed and injured a victim, and the person responsible should have an investigation done." A common citizen would hope so. Denise was hospitalized for 35 days after the near fatal attack and underwent 12 surgeries. Since Lillian's Law was enacted 14 months ago, Bexar officials have reportedly only secured 2 indictments.
Denise told reporters, "I have to live with this for the rest of my life. Lillian's Law is going to help." Lillian's Law was specifically designed to help victims like Denise. The law applies to victims, in which the dog attacked "off owner property" and caused serious injury or death. If Bexar prosecutors do not strongly pursue indictments, Lillian's Law -- which penalizes dog owners after a victim has been injured or killed -- cannot fulfill its purpose.
The names of the dog owners that attacked Rocha could not be released by the news source because the owners have not yet been charged with a crime.
11/19/08: Denise Rocha: Attacked by Two Pit Bulls is Recovering
09/19/08: San Antonio Woman Severely Mauled by Two Pit Bulls
05/29/08: Pit Bull Owners Arrested in Death of Tanner Joshua Monk