Tuesday, June 26, 2018


img 9059 Dallas Man Mauled By Dogs Facing Lengthy Recovery

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Two years after army veteran Antoinette Brown was mauled to death by a pack of dogs near Dallas’ Fair Park, it would appear that dangerous dogs are still a problem.
There have been two near fatal attacks since April. Ronnie Bell, 57, was put on life support after he was attacked by a neighbor’s dogs earlier this month.
“They were eating him. They were literally eating him…they ate his muscle out of his arm,” says Dawn Foster, Bell’s sister-in-law. “No one should have to suffer like that.”
Family members say Bell was attacked by three dogs while walking home from a convenience store near I-20 and Polk on June 16. They say two of the dogs were PIT BULL MIXES and had been known to be aggressive. Bell’s niece says the same dogs chased her and her husband three years ago.
“It could have been one of us…or a child,” says Sarah Sheller, her eyes filling with tears. “I’m just thankful he’s alive.”
The attack left Bell on life support. He was, for a time, in a coma and in the ICU. On Tuesday, he was better; but, facing a lengthy hospital stay and recovery.
A team of doctors at Methodist Dallas Medical Center--including trauma, orthopedic and plastic surgeons--are working to avoid amputation the severely damaged arm. Family members say barring infection doctors are hopeful that Bell would be able to save his arm–although it would be immobile. He underwent surgery today and is said to be in good spirits. His family shared a photo of him giving the thumbs up sign. He is asking for prayers and working to sty positive. But, the attack is another tough blow for a man who earned a living doing odd jobs in the neighborhood.
Foster says the dogs’ owner has been to the hospital to pray with the family and appears remorseful– however, they say being a responsible pet owner would have served everyone better.
“[For a ] non vicious dog to go violent like that–it doesn’t make any sense,” says Foster. “It doesn’t add up, something’s not right.”
On Wednesday, the Dallas City Council is expected to vote on a plan to strengthen the city’s “dangerous and aggressive dog ordinance.”

The measure calls for fines of up to $500; but still appears to rely heavily on voluntary owner compliance to prevent attacks like the one that nearly killed Bell.
Family members say Bell has no health insurance.
They’ve set up a GoFundMe account to help raise money for his medical bills.


A Dallas man is out of a coma but still in critical condition after a dog attack in his South Dallas neighborhood. That attack and others like it have sparked calls for increased regulations when it comes to dangerous dogs and their owners.
Ronnie Bell, 57, was attacked by  THREE DOGS  who got out of an open gate on June 16. He was brought to the hospital in critical condition and was in the ICU for a number of days. He’s starting to show some signs of improvement but will need to have his right arm amputated.
The surgery is happening in the same week that the Dallas City Council will vote on whether to strengthen its “dangerous and aggressive dogs” ordinance.
Lillie Burnett, Bell’s mother, says she hopes it passes. Over the past few weeks she’s constantly been by her son’s bedside. It’s been a rough road.
"He was in a coma and they had him on life support because they had to put 14 pints of blood in him," Burnett said.  "He about bled to death." 
A spokeswoman with Dallas Animal Services said the dogs got out of the homeowner’s yard through an open gate. They attacked Bell as he was walking home from a convenience store. Armed with only a pocket knife, he tried to fight back.
“It's bad,” Burnett said. “He's chewed all over. They have so many staples in his legs.”
The attack is the latest example of the city's problem with loose and dangerous dogs – especially in the southern part of the city.
In 2016, Army veteran Antoinette Brown died after she was attacked by a pack of loose dogs in Fair Park. In April, a woman was mauled by a pack of dogs in South Dallas but survived.
Currently, the Dallas Animal Services director says too many owners are avoiding tickets for dogs that are declared dangerous by simply surrendering the animals.
Under the new ordinance he's pushing, officers would be able to pursue misdemeanor charges against owners of any loose dogs that bite people. 

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