From left: Natylee Murphy before the pit bull attack and after (click to enlarge).
From left: Kortnie Murphy and the two pit bulls left at the backyard breeder's home.
Mother Shares Photos
UPDATE 09/17/09: The mother of the victim, Kortnie Murphy, has shared photos of her daughter with the media. Little Natylee has had five surgeries and more than a thousand stitches to repair severe tissue damage after a pit bull named "Tank" latched onto her face. Kortnie told reporters, "The first thing I think of is a lion. I don't know of too many animals that can do that to you." The images were taken while being treated at Memorial Herman hospital in Houston.
Like the family of Justin Clinton, the family of Natylee Murphy has started a letter writing campaign to ban pit bulls across the State of Texas. Due to the 1991 preemptive anti-BSL measure (HB 2065) authored by former State Rep. and Harris County Judge Robert Eckles1, coauthored by former State Rep. Dianne Delisi2 (Bell County) and sponsored by State Senator Rodney Ellis3 (Houston), Texas municipalities have been prohibited from enacting pit bull laws for 18 years.
State Senator Rodney Ellis is the only remaining politician in office and represents Senate District 13, the very district where Natylee is undergoing medical treatment.
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09/11/09: Upgraded to Stable Condition
The Houston Chronicle reports that the 3-year-old girl who was attacked by a pit bull at her aunt's New Caney home in Montgomery County remains hospitalized but her condition has been upgraded to stable. According to authorities, she was repeatedly bitten Thursday by a pit bull in the backyard of her aunt's home in the 23500 block of Sweetgum. Though she suffered severe damage to her face and head, officials say the injuries are no longer considered life-threatening.
09/11/09: Little Girl Suffers Critical Injury
New Caney, TX - A little girl was critically injured by one of three pit bulls while visiting her aunt's home in New Caney. According to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department, the toddler went into the backyard to help feed the dogs and was subsequently attacked. The little girl was taken by Life Flight to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston and remains in critical condition. The aunt, who intervened to stop the violent attack, suffered minor injuries and was treated locally.
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2DogsBite.org saved a PDF file on former Rep. Dianne Delisi in case it should ever be removed from the web. Do scroll to see her many "hospital" and "teacher" awards.
3While sponsoring HB 2065, Senator Ellis also crafted his own anti-BSL measure, SB 1255
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