Thursday, October 22, 2015
NATIONAL PIT BULL VICTIM AWARENESS DAY - OCTOBER 24, 2015 - IN 2006 A PIT BULL LEAPED OFF A SECOND STORY BALCONY AND ATTEMPTED TO KILL ONA DEANE-GORDLY
Ona Deane-Gordly was living in Spanaway in Pierce County and was at her job conducting surveys at the Maple Glen Apartments in Mountlake Terrace just north of Seattle in 2006 when a PIT BULL MIX LEAPED OFF A SECOND-STORY BALCONY and began its systematic attempt to kill her. The Brooklyn native was used to handling tough situations but this was a fight for her life and she fought mightily. But the more blood she lost, the slicker and more uncontrollable the uncollared dog became. "Blood, pieces of hair and flesh were everywhere within an approximate 50-square-foot area," a Mountlake Terrace police officer wrote in a report dated March 17, 2006. When police arrived, some 15 minutes later, the dog was still locked onto Deane-Gordly. An officer tried in vain to get him to relinquish his hold, and ultimately fired a shot that wounded the dog.
She underwent dozens of surgeries during her 15-day stay and was told by doctors she was lucky to be alive.
THE GRIPPING MUTANT HAD PEELED HER SCALP FROM HER SKULL AND RIPPED HER TEETH AND GUMS FROM HER JAW. MORE THAN 70 BITES LEFT THE SKIN AND MUSCLES OF HER ARMS HANGING LIKE RAGS FROM HER BONES. THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS OF STITCHES AND HUNDREDS OF STAPLES HAD BEEN USED TO PIECE HER TOGETHER IN THE TRAUMA WARD OF HARBORVIEW MEDICAL CENTER. WHAT SHE DIDN'T EXPECT WAS THAT THE PAIN WOULD BE SO BAD IT WOULD TAKE HER MORE THAN A YEAR TO REALIZE SHE ALSO HAD A BROKEN FOOT OR THAT PERMANENT NERVE DAMAGE MEANT THAT SHE WOULD NEVER AGAIN FEEL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SATIN AND VELVET WITH HER FINGERTIPS. SHE DIDN'T KNOW THAT THE ITCHING THAT MARKED THE HEALING OF HER DEEP WOUNDS WOULD BE SO INTENSE IT WOULD DRIVE HER NEARLY MAD.