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17 thoughts on “Pit Bull Attack Victim, Tanya Barnes, Recounts Life Threatening Attack

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  1. Just seeing the still photo had me in tears. Tanya Barnes beautifully articulates her ordeal. I doubt I could do so if it happened to me. The amount of damage that dog caused in a mere 30 seconds is horrifying. Other breeds would growl and perhaps snap when they are in protection mode. She is so compassionate about the mother dog, but realizes that that kind of response from a dog is just not acceptable. It is so beyond the pale. My heart goes out to her.

  2. This was absolutely heartbreaking, but this woman is such a hero for speaking out from her hospital bed. People need to see the real faces of pit bull attacks. They need to be made to understand that the right of dog ownership does not trump people's right to live. I'm utterly appalled that SHE had to make her own 911 call. The same thing happened during my attack. I think that dog owners who refuse help to the victims or won't make the call ought to be jailed.

  3. A very brave woman. I could feel every word she spoke. It was all that I could do to just to hold myself and cry and she shared her story. I pray for Tanya and her family. I pray that the hospital and community will help her pay these medical bills and help her through this horrible trauma.

    • Thank you – still many medical bills ahead as a result of this horrible attack! What happened to you?

  4. Could it be at last that the media is starting to care about the many, many victims of pit bulls, and perhaps stop being a pawn to the dog fighters and dog breeders?

    For too long the victim has had no voice, while the dog breeding industry gets to lie about these attacks and these dogs.

    For an example of two pawns doing the work for the dog fighters with lies, conjecture, victim blaming, outright falsehood, and speculative trash, take a look at these two fake reporters reprinting what the dog breeder industry has fed them

    Degregory and Anton have taken this batch of lies covering up pit bull attacks, and are doing the dirty work of dog fighters and dog breeders trying to stop regulation so they can keep making a mountain of money from pit bulls.

    DeGregory and Anton are helping CRIMINALS.

    Corrupt, fake "reporters" like these two mean that the pit bull attacks continue. They are telling people that pit bulls are safe! These two have blood on their hands for propagandizing for dog fighters and the breeders.

    They are participating in organized crime.

    Can you imagine any real reporter blaming the victim, as the dog fighters do? This kind of journalistic corruption leads directly to death.

  5. The great thing here is that the breeder who sold this animmal most likely isn't even paying sales taxes nor declaring income from the Pit trafficking.

    Pit Breeders Produce Suffering…


    • I have only just seen the comments here, I tried to shut everything out, but it refuses to stay in my past:( i am glad that you came to this vote. The whole attack was, and continues to be devastating.
      The report that I signed a document to allow the dogs to be released to their owner is false. I signed no such thing and if I had, the medication I was given had me in a place where it would never have been consiidered legal anyway.

  6. It was likely the video of Tanya Barnes:

    Tuesday, a video of a local television station’s report of a woman being attacked by a dog was played for the council and audience. After the video, the council voted 7-0 to approve the first reading of the ordinance amending sections from Ordinance No. 1210-1993 outlined in the Laurel Code of Ordinance of Chapter 5 “Animal Control.”

    7-0 vote.

  7. "Man biters were always culled!"

    Yep, that was and is the claim. Yet here is another known man biter being returned to a pit breeder so he can produce more maulers.

    It’s no surprise, really. This is the way it has always been, in the real world, away from the imaginative minds of pit bull marketing cults.

  8. Tanya Barnes MySpace page

    My name is Tanya Edwards-Barnes-My sister-in-law created this MySpace profile for me so I could be listed as the number one friend of her brother, my husband for almost 21 glorious years…his name was Stuart Wayne Barnes. We were friends, lovers, partners, spouses & SOULMATES~ tragically he was killed on December 18, 2007 when his 18-wheeler flipped. My life eeks along, going from one breath to the next. God blessed us with three great sons-Eric, Tyler, & Jacob who are my only reason for waking up each day. My husband's family IS MY family and we are a close knit group. Their love and support is immeasurable and appreciated more than they could ever know. I am still at a period in my grief where, even tho' I adore all of them, I am so aware of the VOID created by Stuart's absence, that I stay home most of the time listening to Stu-Baby's favorite songs…

    On top of the tragic loss of her beloved husband, Tanya now has to deal with horrible pit bull injury and the mental and financial repercussions of the attack.

    1.) Tanya, amidst horrible severe injury, made the call to 911; the pit bull owner did not.
    2.) Tanya had the "real" maternal instincts; she thought only of her children by making hand signals of their phone numbers while in the ambulance.
    3.) Tanya had been consoling the "unnamed pit bull owner" due to a loss this person had recently suffered.
    4.) What kind of dog owner could ever look at this dog again? A pit bull owner who plans on more breedings.

  9. Tanya has a very big and forgiving heart, and I am not surprised that she opted to spare the dog. I don't agree with it at all, for the reasons that Dude said — she's a man-biter and needs to be culled!

    I have a started a letter to the Laurel City Council — we should all write them a letter, because you know they are getting bombarded from the Pit Bully Brigade. No, I don't live there, but neither do the Bullies.

  10. This dog is going to kill someone and then Laurel City, Laurel City Animal control, and the Laurel City council will be sued because they returned a known dangerous dog.

    They can't hide behind the victim's signature because she's been traumatized.

    So do you think they ever collected back taxes on the illegal pit bull breeding operation?

    I found this for the federal tax fraud,,id=106778,00.html

  11. Hi everyone,

    I just came upon this heartbreaking story. My name is Lily Marotta and I am working with the Discovery Health Channel. We are putting together a new program that provides full reconstructive surgery to victims of facial injuries. We would MORE than love to help out Tanya. Travel and medical expenses are all paid for by us! Does anyone have contact info for Tanya? Anything would help. My email is [email protected]


    • I sure wish you had actually been able to help me in this matter. I cry every day and the trauma and scars never fade.

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