Wednesday, February 10, 2016

ANDERSON IN - BETSY SAMPSON WAS AT HER NEIGHBOR'S APARTMENT TO HELP THEM WITH THEIR LAUNDRY WHEN THEIR PIT BULL CHOMPED DOWN ON THE LEFT SIDE OF HER FACE

  Betsy Sampson's face was mauled by a neighbor's dog.
 
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An Anderson woman is considering legal action, after a dog attack at her neighbor's apartment that took off part of her face.  Betsy Sampson's face was ripped open in a dog attack.

"It makes me sick to my stomach," said Sampson’s friend, Angel McCormick. “Her face, she's gonna have to live with this the rest of her life."

"I didn’t know how bad it was at first," Sampson said. “Then I thought 'My God! That dog took half my face!’"

Five days later, Sampson still has trouble talking. She says she’s in pain and in fear – of showing her face in public and of encountering another dog.

"Because they can turn like that in a heartbeat," Sampson said.

Thursday, she was at her neighbor's apartment helping with their laundry. She says she'd asked that their PIT BULL, Lucy, who she's played with in the past, be put in another room.  But they didn't move the dog.
Last thing Sampson knew, the dog was on the couch. But then she says with no apparent reason, it attacked.

"I bent over to get the laundry and the next thing I know, here's the dog attacking me in the face," Sampson recalled. "I screamed bloody murder."

"She was attacked out of nowhere," McCormick added.

Betsy is legally blind in her left eye and has been since birth. The dog attack was on the left side of her face.

"So I couldn't see him coming at me in the first place," Sampson said. "If I could have seen it, maybe I could have moved away from it, but I didn't even see it."

At the hospital, she underwent surgeries to repair muscle and nerves.  Police and animal control officers came to the hospital, too. After their investigation, police say the dog's owners won't face charges. Police say they don't know enough about how the owners trained Lucy and investigators say the owners didn't show intent that they meant to harm their neighbor.

"We have to show intent.  We have to prove that. And in this situation, it seems like that would be very difficult to do," explained Anderson Police Maj. Joel Sandefur. "There doesn't seem to be any evidence in taking that type of action in this case."

Lucy the dog is under a ten-day quarantine at the animal shelter. Police say that's because her owners couldn't prove she had rabies shots, which weren't current.  They'll face a fine for that, ranging from $100-500.

Meanwhile, Sampson is considering a possible lawsuit against the owners.  She says the only dog she trusts now is her own – "Chili" - the black Lab service dog, who keeps her safe.

"I don't care if they're big dogs, little dogs, I don't wanna be around them right now," Sampson said. "And if a person asks to put the dog away, please do it."

Sampson will meet with her doctors next week to see if she needs any more surgeries.

Meanwhile, officials at the animal shelter where Lucy remains quarantined say she's shown no aggressive behavior at all and that she's been a  "lovely dog."  But she may have to stay at the shelter permanently, as police say....
  
HER OWNERS' APARTMENT COMPLEX WON'T LET HER BACK AFTER THE ATTACK.


http://www.wthr.com/story/31183231/anderson-womans-face-mauled-in-attack-by-neighbors-dog 



3 comments:

Bobbi Whiskers said...

What I do not understand is why the authorities are not having the dog checked for Rabies? Another Pit Bull was found to have Rabies a couple weeks ago. This dog had not had Rabies shots. It too, could be Rabid, and have Rabies. Rabies has a 6 month incubation period. Keeping any animal for 10 days does exactly zero towards finding out if said animal may be rabid. The ONLY way to check for Rabies is to kill the dog, and examine its brain. Why are authorities taking a chance here?

Sweetie Pie said...

Pit bulls don't attack because they have rabies. They attack because they're pit bulls. But yeah, removing this pit bull's brain to check it for rabies is a good idea -- just to get rid of one more pit bull in this world.

Meanwhile, the moral of this story is: Shun anyone who owns any pit bull type dog. Don't visit them. Don't let them visit you, certainly not with their frankenmauler. Don't help them with their laundry or anything else. Don't even try to help if their gripping mauler turns on them, because they will flee the scene -- glad their gripper redirected onto you -- and will leave you to struggle alone with their monster.

Dayna Hamilton said...

I'm an elderly home helper. One thing I draw the line at is pit bulls in the home.