Monday, September 10, 2018



LAMAR COUNTY, Tex. (KXII) - An Oregon woman visiting Lamar County for the weekend was brutally attacked by a pack of five dogs. 74-year-old Jackie Brooks' son and daughter said their mom had her third of many surgeries today at a Plano hospital.
She was out for a walk in Deport on Saturday when the pack of dogs attacked and mauled most of her body.
"Her dream was to finally do a trip."
74-year-old Portland native Jackie Brooks had plans to travel all over the United States for a year.
Her son and daughter Dennis McBride and Christine Lawrence said their mom is upbeat, energetic and always ready for an adventure. "She was active, she bowled in the bowling league, she did things with her friends," McBride said.

Brooks' second stop on her journey was Deport, Texas to visit her sister.  She'd been there just a day when she went for a walk down County Road 16080 on Saturday morning.
"As she's walking down the street, she's attacked by FIVE HUNTING DOGS THAT HAVE BEEN TRAINED TO HUNT PIGS,"  McBride said.
Brooks suffered injuries and dog bites to almost all of her body.

First responders said she probably would have died if it weren't for a man passing by who came to the rescue.
"A gentlemen, our angel, a hero who we'd like to meet some day," Lawrence said about him. "A tremendous man. I'm sure it's gonna haunt him forever-- and thank you."
After her first surgery in Paris, Brooks was flown to a Plano hospital where she is now.
"We were lucky we were here when she opened her eyes and recognized us. She's doing much better now," McBride said.
The sheriff's office tells us the dogs were  RHODESIAN RIDGEBACKS, LEOPARD DOGS and  BLACK MOUTH CURS.
There is no leash law in Lamar County.
Investigators said for criminal charges to be filed, they would have to prove the owner's dogs had attacked someone in the past-- something that haunts Lawrence and McBride.
"This is gonna change her life a lot," McBride said.
"She's a good heart, a wonderful Christian special woman," Lawrence said. "She loves her family."
Brooks will likely have several more surgeries and spend time in the ICU for another four to six weeks.
After that, she could spend up to a year in the hospital.
The dogs, still quarantined at a Paris shelter, will be euthanized.


(KXII) - A woman is in a Plano hospital after A PACK OF FIVE DOGS  mauled her in Deport Saturday morning.
"It was a vicious dog attack by five dogs."
74-year-old Jackie Brooks was visiting her sister at her Deport home this weekend.
On Saturday before noon, Brooks went for a walk on County Road 16080, when a pack of dogs approached her.
"Her sister went down and followed the ambulance," said Brooks' daughter-in-law Laurann McBride. "That's where they found her in the ditch."
McBride tells us a passerby spotted her mother-in-law lying in a ditch and helped her until first responders arrived.
The Lamar County sheriff says she suffered severe injuries and bites on her legs, back and chest. She was taken to a Paris hospital and then flown to Plano.
"My initial reaction is the torture she went through," McBride. "That she even survived."
The sheriff tells us the dogs that mauled her belonged to a resident on the Deport County Road and are being quarantined at a Paris animal shelter.
McBride said they were CAMBODIAN RAZORBACK DOGS, but the sheriff's office has not yet confirmed that.
"We have no idea why they were loose. The sheriff told us the person couldn't believe his dogs did it and was remorseful," she said.
McBride is thankful the passerby could help her mother-in-law but is asking for prayers during her surgeries in Plano.
"She loves dogs and animals. She's a very kind, giving person," McBride said. "For this to happen to her is tragic--it's unthinkable."
The sheriff said it's unclear yet if the dog owner will face charges. 


Anonymous said...

Why do people have to get exotic dog breeds? The link provided says that Cambodian razorbacks are a primitive breed. What is wrong with an American mutt? Gotta be cool and have a breed that no one has ever heard of. So not impressed.

Dayna said...

Cambodian Razorback sounds like another name for pit bull that has been imported recently.

Anonymous said...

No one needs a pack of dogs. If you have a pack of dogs. They should each be in their kennel and use properly.