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

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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.

1 Comment

  • Debbie Bell

    Attacking, for no reason and without warning, are traits unique to fighting dogs and essential for winning dog fights. There is no point in giving warning when the goal of every good pit is wrestling, biting and killing.

    Non bully dogs generally bite to guard a resource. They want you to leave so they let go, so you can leave.

    This truth you will learn if you read the pit bull books from before the pit propaganda and lies began in the 80s.

    While many pits will not mature to become “good” pits as this one did, you won’t know until it happens.

    If you look at a good attacking pit’s face, you see happiness. Mauling feels right as endorphins and adrenalin are produced.

    No dog is born “bad” but maiming and killing is what all “good” pits do. Barking and chasing rabbits is what good beagles do.

    If you choose to own a mauling dog, prove that you accept the risk. If you pit does become a good pit bull , promise in inflict the same injuries on your own body. A chain saw would make it easy. It’s only fair!

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