Pit bull attack victim Brenda Hill in her hospital bed.
Family Wants Tougher Laws
UPDATE 02/10/09: Police arrested Lee Carroll today. Brenda Hill's family is not happy about the fact that the dogs' owner is only being charged with a misdemeanor, which is the stiffest charge under current Indiana law. The woman who helped craft the current law, Caress Garten, said getting this law on the books back in the 1990's was a serious battle. The 1993 legislation finally made dog owners criminally liable if their animal seriously hurt or killed someone.
The legislation stemmed from a 1992 attack when two pit bulls attacked Garten while she strolled along a trail. She lost a third of her lower leg in the attack. She then spearheaded the 1993 Indiana dog bite bill. She now hopes legislators will toughen the law. "I do think the punishment needs to be tougher. I think a D felony could be pushed through for serious bodily injury," said Garten. There isn't any doubt that Indianapolis desperately needs this felony law.
02/10/09: Brenda Hill Suffers Lower Leg Amputation
With great pain and regret, we bring you the news that Brenda Hill underwent a partial leg amputation due to the injuries she suffered by two pit bulls on January 25. Now recovering at Wishard Memorial Hospital, she is without one leg below the knee. Hill was attacked as she stood on her porch attempting to take out the trash. Just after the attack, the owner of the pit bulls, Lee Carroll, said, "Stuff happens." He faces misdemeanor charges.
01/31/09: Pit Bull Owner Faces Misdemeanor Charges
The owner of two loose pit bulls that attacked Brenda Hill will plead guilty to 4 misdemeanor charges. Prosecutors charged Lee Carroll, 31, with two counts of dog-bite liability, and two counts of keeping a non-immunized dog. He could be fined up to $5,000 and spend up to one year in prison. Indiana must substantially increase penalties for loose dog attacks that lead to severe injury and death. We suggest Lillian's Law as a starting point.
01/27/09: Video of Crime Scene; Son Speaks
YouTube artist Zupf has uploaded the video story of Brenda Hill. The news team interviews her son, Gregory Gilbert, and shows the scene of the attack (even one of her torn shoes). He said his mother was terrified of dogs; it was her "worst nightmare." It is a nightmare that came true this past Sunday when two pit bulls attacked her as she stood on the steps of her home. The video is emotional and chilling. All of us at DogsBite.org pray for Brenda's recovery.
01/27/09: Owner Blames Teenage Boys
Gregory Gilbert, Hill's son, said his mother, who suffers from diabetes, has had reconstructive surgery on both legs. She spent part of Monday in critical condition on an operating table. By late Monday evening, she was in good condition in intensive care. Gilbert said she will need several other surgeries on her right leg, which the dogs bit "all the way down to the bone," but doctors likely will be able to avoid amputating it.
Carroll, the owner of the pit bulls, said two teenage boys alerted him to the attack and he called the dogs inside. Carroll hypothesized that the boys who alerted him to the mauling had provoked the animals. Carroll was cited for being responsible in the attack, having his animals at large and failing to properly vaccinate or tag them. Carroll could also face criminal charges for dog bite liability and harboring a non-immunized dog (misdemeanors).
01/26/09: Pit Bull Owner: "Stuff Happens"
Indianapolis, IN - A woman was critically injured when two pit bulls attacked her over the weekend outside her home. Indianapolis police said the victim, Brenda Hill, 68, was taking out her trash when the two dogs blindsided her. "The two dogs got loose from the back yard of the home, attacked her and severely mauled her legs," said Indianapolis police Lt. Jerry Bipus. "One of her legs -- the right leg -- there is bone exposed, severe lacerations."
The dog owner, Lee Carroll, said, "It was an accident, man. Stuff happens. I hated that it had to happen."
Police said it was the first time they had been told of an attack involving dogs from his home. Animal Care and Control took both dogs, a male and female, from Carroll's property, but they left nine puppies. Presumably this is so that Carroll can sell the dogs. He's going to need every penny possible to pay Hill's medical bills. Earlier today, Hill underwent surgery at Wishard Memorial Hospital. She was last listed in critical condition. Doctors hope to save her legs.
Brenda Hill Fund
Donations can be made to the Brenda Hill Medical Account Fund at any Fifth Third Bank Branch. A location near to the Hill home is: 5615 West 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46254-2921 (ph: 317-329-1249)
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