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The kids at St. Agnes School got a visit from a guest with the Humane Society of Louisiana Wednesday.

The guest was Tazzi Colomb, who owns pit bull dogs, and here’s how she responds to people like Susan Roesgen who think pit bulls are dangerous dogs.

Is it nature or nurture that determines how dogs behave? Plus, Susan Roesgen responds to those who have lashed out at her for giving her opinion on the subject.

The Tangipahoa Parish Council is talking about tougher laws against vicious dogs.

A homeowner in Hammond says his neighbor’s pit bulls are so scary that he has to cut his grass with a pistol on his hip, and he says he almost shot the dogs when they escaped the neighbor’s yard and got into his!

The council attorney says the parish is not allowed to pass a law against one specific breed like pit bulls, and already the parish requires all dangerous dogs be kept in some kind of enclosure or be kept on a leash at all times.

pitbullA proposed pit-bull ordinance in Westwego has been placed on hold; at least for now.

WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter talked to Councilman Glenn Green about his decision to place a muzzle on the legislation that was stirring controversy.

“They didn’t seem like they understood the ordinance and what was happening, so I tabled it,” Glenn Green said.

Westwego Councilman Glenn Green says his proposed pit-bull ordinance will not go to a vote anytime soon.

The controversial act would have placed new restrictions on pit bull owners.

Trotter asked, “Gone forever? As far as I’m concerned it is,” Green replied.

Green drafted the legislation in March; after 54-year old Linda Henry was attacked inside her home — by three of her own pit bulls.

Henry and her common-law husband Clarence Allen both supported Green; but three incoming council members did not.

“I’m surprised at it, because I thought they all would go along with it,” Clarence Allen said. “I’m very surprised about that.”

Trotter asked, “Disappointing? No, not at all,” Green replied. “They really hadn’t had an opportunity to read the ordinance.” “For some reason most people thought I was trying to make them get rid of their dogs, that’s not true.”

Green says he has nothing against the breed.

“That is my son’s pit-bull and I’ve seen that dog since he was a puppy and I don’t hate pit bulls but you see how high this fence is,” Green said.

Green’s ordinance would have forced restraints on pit-bulls, and limited the number of dogs pet-owners could have.

Even though, the ordinance wouldn’t have prevented Linda Henry’s attack, she was hoping the full council would have supported it.

“I feel bad about it because he tried and they shot him down,” Henry said. “Uhm hmm.” “So if they shut him down they shut us down you know.”

Councilman Green says he received calls and emails from constituents who supported his ordinance; yet no one spoke in support at last night`s council meeting.

The issue could still come up at a later date, but Green says he will not be the one to push for it.

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

A city councilman in the New Orleans suburb of Westwego wants to get tough with pit bull owners.

Linda Henry was mauled by three of her four pit bulls back in March. Her husband, Clarence, says he never wants another pit bull, and he does not agree with a petition against tougher pit bull laws.

Linda described what happened: “They just grabbed me. One grabbed this arm and the other grabbed the other arm and they just pulled me down, and I was screaming and hollering. They grabbed my left leg and ripped all that up then they tried to get my eyeball out. They ripped my eyelids off, they bit my lip, then they grabbed my head.”

Linda lost both arms, an eye, and an ear in the attack.

WESTWEGO, LA (WGNO) – A proposed pit-bull ordinance in Westwego is under fire from pet owners near and far.

The debate is heating up as a victim of the pit-bull attack that sparked talks of the ordinance is released from the hospital.

WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter spoke with the victim who faces a long recovery.

“I say I never want another pit bull,” victim’s husband Clarence Allen said.  WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter asked, “Why not?” “Because of what happened here,” Allen replied.

What happened inside Westwego home, located at 341 Avenue A in March has forever scarred his common law wife.

54-year old Linda Henry was viciously attacked; mauled by three of the family’s four pit bulls.

“They just grabbed me,” Henry recounted. “One grabbed this arm and the other grabbed the other arm and they just pulled me down and I was screaming and hollering.”

She was in pain because the dog bites were so deep they exposed the bones of her arms and legs; and even her skull.

“They grab my left leg and rip all that up then they tried to get my eye ball out,” Henry said. “They ripped my eye lids off, they bit my lip then they grabbed my head,” she said. “In the hospital they had to take skin off my leg to put on my head.”

pit bullShe lost an eye, an ear, and both arms had to be amputated following the attack.

“I never thought that would happen with those dogs because they were like kids in the house,” Allen said.

What happened to Linda Henry is what motivated one Westwego City Councilman to propose a Pit Bull Ordinance that would place stiffer restrictions on pet owners.

It’s a move that’s been met with widespread opposition.

“Some people have called for it; some people have called and written against it,” Westwego Mayor John Shaddinger said.

There’s even an online petition to block the legislation.

But Councilman Glen Green says his proposed ordinance is not anti-pit-bull, rather an attempt to make pet owners more responsible.

“All of these people submitting petitions did not get to see Linda Henry after that dog attack,” Green said in his defense. ” Had they seen this lady or went to visit her in the hospital like I did I probably wouldn’t be getting very many petitions.”

Both Linda Henry and her husband Clarence Allen support the proposed pit-bull legislation.

The ordinance that is still being drafted has been deferred until July; to allow in-coming council members to weigh in.

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

After a woman in Westwego was mauled by her own pit bulls, city councilman Glenn Green proposed a new law that would require pit bull owners to post a warning sign and have at least $100,000 in liability insurance.

Now, the group Change.org is pushing an online petition demanding that Councilman Green back off. Change.org calls pit bulls wonderful, loveable, and courageous and says Councilman Green’s proposal discriminates against the breed.

More than 1,600 people have signed the petition as of Thursday afternoon.

Read the petition here: https://www.change.org/petitions/city-councilman-glenn-green-westwego-city-council-stop-trying-to-pass-a-pit-bull-ordinance

pitbullIt could soon become tougher to own a pit bull on the West Bank.

Westwego council members will soon consider proposed changes to the pit bull ordinance.

“When she walked in the door and closed it, before she could turn around they four year old pit-bull grabbed her.”

He’s talking about the vicious pit-bull attack that happened last month on avenue a.

His wife of 39-years was mauled inside her own home so badly she lost an eye, an ear, and nearly died.

“Tell me about your wife’s injuries? They mauled her arms beyond repair so they cut off maybe four inches below the shoulder blade.”

The attack is in part the motivation behind efforts to amend Westwego’s pit bull ordinance.

“It’s not to restrict ownership, it’s to regulate ownership.”

Mayor john Shaddinger says the proposed amendment is intended to improve

Public safety.

Restrictions include the dogs’ owners be at least 21 years old and have at least 100-thousand dollars in liability insurance.

It would include stiffer restraints inside and out of the home.

Pitt owners would also have to post warning signs, have their pet spayed or neutered, and have a microchip implanted.

“I mean these are things that normal responsible pet owners already do.”

“I think it’s probably a pretty good law. I’ve seen stray pit bulls around here before and it’s really scared me when I’m outside with my 1-year old.”

And that’s why Clarence Allen supports proposed changes.

“I would hate for anybody to have to go through what my wife went through.”

All four dogs were shot and killed by officers who rescued his wife.

“she died three times in the ambulance, but by the grace of god she’s still living. Walking, talking; baby I can still see, and praising god. And that’s what we gonna do for the rest of our life.”

The mayor says DNA testing would be required for pit bull mixes.

The ordinance would apply to animals that are more than

50-percent pit bull.

The ordinance still has to be vetted by the full council.

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