“If I wouldn’t have had that sweater on that day he would have taken my arm,” said Thabet through tears. “I thank God I looked up in time to block him because he would have hit me right in the side of my face, and I’d be dead.”
Thabet’s wounds are healing but her anger is brewing over the fact the dog is still living just feet away from her home.
Channel 4 went to Thabet’s neighbor’s house on Tuesday to find out their side of the story and to ask what is going to happen to their dog. The neighbor said she did not want to talk and that her dog no longer lived there.
However, from the backyard of Thabet’s house a Channel 4 photographer was greeted with barking from a dog that fit the description in the police report, A BROWN AND WHITE PIT BULL.
Thabet said that is the same dog that attacked her. So why is a dog that attacked allowed to remain next door?
“I’m not going outside while that dog is on that property,” said Thabet.
Animal control refused to comment since it is an ongoing investigation. However, Montgomery County Animal Control regulations do not require after one or a certain number of attacks a dog must be euthanized.
Instead a secure enclosure is required and if that does not happen within 31 days the dog may be euthanized.
“I don’t want to see it happen to me or anybody that comes to my property, but I also do not want to see it happen to any of those kids who live at that house,” said Thabet.
Thabet said she is living in constant fear while the investigation continued and looming debt while paying off thousands of dollars’ worth of medical bills.