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Woman Who Survived Pitbull Attack Makes Public Plea For Home Improvements

pit bull The Westwego woman who survived a vicious pit-bull attack is making a plea to the public to help make her home  more inhabitable.

Linda Henry is now a double amputee…

WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter sat with her as she talked about the challenges

she and her husband now face.

“When it rains I have to put all these buckets, see all the buckets I got; I have to put them all around the back of the house so the water don’t be all over the floor,” Linda Henry’s common law husband Clarence Allen said.

It is arguably the worst house on the block; and the dilapidation doesn’t stop outside.

Substandard conditions inside are countless door to door; everything from huge holes in the ceiling that expose the tin roof — to a kitchen sink that’s been rigged with hoses where a facet should be.

“It’s real bad, you know,” Linda Henry said. “We really do need help.”

The squalid conditions have long been an issue for the Westwego couple.

But given Linda Henry’s uphill battle to recovery, they’re plea to the public is even more timely.

“I love this house but I just need it fixed, I don’t want to go nowhere,” Henry said.

Nearly three months ago she survived an unprovoked attacked inside her home by three of the family’s pit bulls.

She lost an eye, an ear, and her scalp will require extensive reconstructive surgery.

The dog bites were so severe her arms had to be amputated, leaving her disabled.

Her husband now provides 24-hour care.

“He cooks for me, he feeds me, he baths me, put my clothes on and give me my medicine, takes me to all of my doctor appointments,” Henry explained. “We catch the bus everywhere and go.”

The two bedroom, shotgun home has only one window air-conditioner.

In 90-degree temperatures the heat inside is almost unbearable.

The walls have countless holes and corrosion throughout every room.

For Linda Henry the threat of infection is real.

“I see starting in the kitchen, from the kitchen ceiling, it’s starting to have mold in the house and also in the back room, so I try to keep her in the front of the house as much as I could,” Allen said. “I don’t allow her in the back too much.”

Together, they’re making the best of a bad situation.

And through it all Linda Henry has a positive outlook on life; a life that would better with help  from the caring public.

“I would love it, I would be so grateful,” Henry said.

Linda Henry is also battling diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and depression.

She says she finds strength in her faith to make it day to day.

If you’d like to help Clarence Allen and Linda Henry can be reached directly at (504) 905-5415 or you can make a donation to the Linda Henry Fund at Capital Bank. Donations are being accepted at any branch location.

You can also send mail to:

Clarence Allen
341 Avenue A
Westwego, LA
70094

7 comments

  • John

    Humans have used artificial selection to enhance traits they desire in certain dogs for a long time. Pointers point, heelers herd, and hound dogs track because of this. And pit bulls attack. There's no reason to own these dogs in a civilized society. You can raise a pit bull in a loving home and it might never attack, but be warned that a hundred years of artificial selection that selected for aggression and strength is still there. A good owner will not undo a pit bull's nature. It's like playing a game of hot potato with your family.

    Poor woman.

    • g jones

      Sometimes its just good to b nice maybe that’s the way GOD SET IT UP SO HELP CAN FALL N PLACE PPL HELP PPL THAT HAS NOTHING WRONG DONT B SO MEN IT COULD HAVE BEEN ONE OF US.I CANT STAND HEARTLESS PPL THEY SHOULD NOT COMMENT…….

  • Mike

    In other words, this woman who kept 4 unspayed dogs in her home, bred them, never exercised them, never trained them, also failed to create a safe and sanitary environment for the puppies and kept them inhumanely in 90 degree heat and insists on publicly blaming the dogs for her situation, now wants to play on public sympathy hoping it will pay her bills after her "beloved" pets just "suddenly" turned on her after years of abuse?

    She deserves to be in a more comfortable surroundings – a jail cell.

  • Josie

    Don’t send him any money!! He is perfectly capable of working but has lived off HER govt check for years and years. He is so hard up but he buys 10.00 scratch off tickets every day!!! The best thing for her is to move in to a medical facility and leave his lazy butt to deal with that house. And I know all this because I see these people almost every day. Linda did nog deserve this and has always been sweet. He has a real quick temper and mooches off of her!!

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