The Heroes Among Us
Bonham, TX - Back in August, a 44-year old woman and 11-year old child were attacked by two pit bulls that jumped out of a truck. The woman, Judy Pless, was on her bike at the time. She told reporters, "I thought I was going to die right there on the sidewalk." She was airlifted to Parkland Hospital in Dallas with serious injuries. The pit bulls also attacked a young girl, Haiden McCurry, before the dogs retreated. Haiden was airlifted to Children's Medical Center in Dallas.
Two emergency helicopters flew two victims to separate hospitals in this attack.
Haiden had just stepped out of the Creative Arts Center and was climbing onto her bike when the attack occurred. Luckily, Amalia Hernandez (pictured) was sweeping the front room when she heard the screams. She remembered the advice her husband once echoed, "Once those dogs grab you, they won't let go." She raced out the front door with her broom and beat the dogs off Haiden. Another employee, Judy Hall, grabbed a nearby girl and pulled her to safety.
The dogs' owner, John Hardy Taylor, 55, was initially arrested on multiple misdemeanor charges related to the attack. It was reported in late October that Hardy was indicted on two counts of attack by dog resulting in serious bodily injury (Lillian's Law). Taylor’s attorney now must decide whether he will plead guilty or take the case to trial. If convicted, Taylor could face up to 10 years in jail. The two dogs were impounded and euthanized shortly after the attack.
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