71-Year Old Woman Recovers After Attack By Pit-Bull Mix

August 19, 2014 | Updated: 12:35 p.m., August 20, 2014

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Houma PoliceHOUMA, La. (WGNO) – A 71-year old Houma woman is recovering after she was attacked by her son’s dog.

Police say the pit-bull mix was inside the family’s home when it attacked, causing extensive damage to the victim’s face.

WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter has details and what’s next in the case.

“I can’t imagine how frightening it was for her. I really don’t,” neighbor Trudy Hebert said.

“It is a very sad situation,” neighbor Ernest Boudreaux added.


Thoughts and prayers are going out for the woman attacked by her son’s pit-bull mix.

It happened Monday night inside the family’s home, located in the 1200 block of Ellender Street in East Houma.

“Luckily her daughter walked into the house at the time she did because it could have been really a tragedy,” Boudreaux said.


That family member was able to stop the attack, call police, and paramedics.

“When they arrived they discovered that the victim who was 71 years of age had severe wounds, gashes to her facial area, her hands, and arms,” Houma Police Chief Todd Duplantis said.

“Nobody should ever have to go through anything like that,” Herbert said.

Trudy Hebert heard emergency workers across the street just before bedtime.

“It’s hard to realize that something like that has happened that close to your home, and I just hope she has a quick recovery and she gets better. I hope it’s not too bad. I don’t know how bad it is,” Herbert said.


“The officer there was telling me it was a pretty horrific scene, lotta blood. It was a pretty horrific scene,” Duplantis said.

The victim was transported to the hospital where she remains for treatment.

It’s believed the 71-year-old will need extensive reconstructive surgery.

“Well, I hope that she recovers well and everything goes well for her, you know,” Boudreaux said.

“It’s going to take a lot of strength and faith. She has a lot of friends that could help her and support her, and I think they need to come to her aid at this time,” Herbert said.

Animal Control removed two pit-bull mix dogs from the home.

Given the Vicious Dog Ordinance in Terrebonne Parish, the dog owner could face fines of up to $650 dollars.