Co-Workers Clarify Attack
UPDATE 07/25/12: Clarifying information has come out regarding the recent mauling of an employee by a pit bull being housed at a Parkway Animal Hospital facility. Laura Miller was brutally attacked by the pit bull last Thursday after trying to save a poodle that had run into the pit bull's pen. The pit bull clamped down onto Miller's right shoulder "slinging her violently," according to one co-worker. Miller suffered an amputation from the shoulder down among other injuries.
Miller's co-workers came forward Tuesday to dispel inaccurate rumors about what actually happened.1 As Miller was being attacked, she managed to grab her cellphone and speed-dial one co-worker named Calloway. Miller told her, "the dog swung it out of her hand," and her screaming implied the rest. Though not at the facility, Calloway alerted others at the clinic who came to Miller's rescue. Co-workers grabbed brushes with long handles and began beating the dog.
The pit bull eventually released its grip, but "continued to circle its prey," said Andrea Workman, a veterinary technician. "We were a little bit scared he was going to come back to her." After they were able to move the dog into its kennel, Workman tried to stop the bleeding the best she could by applying pressure. A responding police officer told Workman, "Honey I used to be in the medical field. I don't give her a snowball's chance in hell of even making it to the hospital."
Miller did survive and was in stable condition late Tuesday at Bay Medical Center.
07/20/12: Victim Still in ICU
Callaway, FL - In a still unfolding story, an employee at Parkway Animal Hospital was brutally attacked by a pit bull being housed at the facility on Thursday. Two women working in the hospital responded and found Laura Miller under attack by the dog. The pit bull had the victim's armpit area in its mouth and was violently shaking her, according to the Bay County Sheriff's Office. The most recent video states the pit bull was still locked onto her when police officers arrived.
Once EMS arrived, Miller was treated for life threatening wounds and taken to Bay Medical Center. She had suffered several bites to her arm, neck, and upper torso.
The BCSO report states the victim was taken into surgery at Bay Medical Center and had her arm amputated at the shoulder. The report says she also may have suffered brain damage from the blood loss she sustained. wjhg.com
The owner of Parkway Animal Hospital, Karen Collier, told police officers that the pit bull had been housed at the facility several times before and had "never been aggressive." This same sentiment was told to police officers by the unnamed owners of the dog, who also added that the pit bull had "been in the same house with children." Bay County Animal Control2 now has custody of the attacking dog. Meanwhile, the victim Laura Miller, is apparently improving, minus a whole arm.
Our heart goes out to Laura Miller and her family members.
"circling its prey" indicates these rumors blamed Miller for provoking the attack.
2Who can forget Bay County Animal Control and its former director Jim (James) Crosby?
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