Just yesterday there was a serious dog attack in southeast Houston, Texas that unfortunately did not end well. On January 5, 2014 two vicious female pit bulls were seen mauling a homeless woman on the corner of Leonora and Glen Prairie. The attack occurred around 2 a.m. when two men were on their way to buy cigarettes at the local store when they saw a woman lying on the ground with two pit bulls pulling at her body. Immediately one of the witnesses ran over to try and get the dogs off of her while the other young man started knocking on resident doors to get help.
As the 21-year-old tried to scare the dogs away they turned on him, knocked him over and started attacking his hands, arms and legs. The other man also suffered minor injuries. They managed to capture one of the dogs at the scene of the attack and it is now under quarantine. They have found that the dog does not have rabies but it is being held for further examination. There will then be a municipal hearing to determine the fate of the dog.
Neighbors say that this dog is said to have a history of biting and violence and they tend to see dogs roaming freely around the neighborhood. Police are still searching for the second dog and its owner. Studies show that whenever dogs travel in packs like this, there is a much higher chance of an attack like this to happen.
Unfortunately, help came too late for the homeless female victim. She was said to be around 40 years old and a petite build. The 21-year-old man who attempted to come to her aid was treated for minor dog bite injuries at the Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.
Sadly this type of attack is not an isolated incident. There have been other fatal dog attacks in Houston over the last year, including the death of a 4-year-old boy last January. Nationwide there were 32 reported fatal dog attacks in 2013 and out of those, 25 of them involved pit-bull mixes.
It is very important that owners do not let their dogs roam free around the neighborhood and that people head the warning when they see a “beware of dog” sign on someone fence. Have you or someone your love been attacked by a vicious dog? If you have sustained injuries as the result of a violent animal, then the pet owner could be held responsible to pay for any injuries or damages.