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You may remember that back on Feb. 23 I was walking my senior Great Pyrenees, Jewel, when neighbor 4 houses down called me to come into her garage to see candles she had been making. We then stpped outsdie her raised garage door and a pit came around the side of her house and sniffed on Jewel. Jewel didn't pay any attention. But I was nervous so I put my hand on her neck and had her against my leg and was trying to back into Dina's garage when a 2ed one came around the die of the house..just 3 feet from us and went for her neck. He got my hand that was on her neck. I know he didn't mean to bite me, just get her. And when he attacked the first one came back and went after her rear legs.


I had my ring finger and hand slashed to the bone, ring finger broken where it joins my hand and several punctures in my fingers. Jewel had gashes and punctures inside and outside eof rear legs, left front leg, all around her neck & throat, around her ears, several in her ears, around her left eye, eyelid slit. She was in the hospital from Sat.. afteruntoon until Monday afternoon.


Jewel healed beautifully and has no fear nor aggression towards other dogs. My ex DIL came to see us and brought her yellow lab and chihuahua right into the house with no introduction---and Jewel and lab played together. Me, I am a different story. I can not take her for a wlk and seeing a dog running loose, even when I am in the car causes me to panic. I have nerve damage in my hand that causes it to burn on the top and hurt when I shake hands with people, form a fist or curl my finger,s put my hand down into a glass to wash, it etc. We do not know if it will heal or not. I still hae small knots at the sites of some of the puncture wounds.


Two months ago I ent the owners of the dogs a letter and copy of vet bill and told them I would send the bill for my medical part when I got them all. Never heard a word from them. Two weeksago come Friday I sent a certified letter with copies of bills, canceled chicks and all total led. I did add $30 for gas for the 50 mile round trip visits I had to take to the orthopedic hand specialist, to physical therapy, two to the Er. But nothing else. I told them they had 30 days from the date of recieving that letter to respond or I woudl file in Small Claims Court. Becaue the dogs had not had their rabies vaccinations, bcaue they did not have city license Z& tags, becaue they were at Lear and had gotten out several times, because I am diabetic and wounds like that to my hand could causes serious trouble, everyone was saying I should sue for extra money, but I said no, just what I am out. The letter was to be delivered on Saturday and I know that that is theri day off from their jobs. But I did not get the conformation it had been delivered, so I went to the post office to check. It seems nobody was at home or at least didnt' answer, so a notice was left from the to pick it up. They didn't. A second notice was sent to them the day I went to the post office and if they did not pick it up withing 10 days it woudl be returned to me.

I have copies of the witness statements of the 3 people who hleped me, the guy that got the board and beat the dogs with it, Dina the lady I was talking and who grabbed something and beat them, of that guy's wife who called 911 and rushed and got a towel to wrap my hand in til EMS got there. Also copy of the police officers body cam and you can hear the other talking about those dogs gettign out, Dina talking about putting stuff along her fence to keep them from digging into her yard, that they wre scared of them, etc. All that plus copies lf all bills, photos of my hand taken a few days later, and also copies of Jewel's records showing she was up to date on all her vax and she had her city tag, and all witness said she was on leash.



Here are soe of the pictures of my hand taken several dayslater, and also the one where my hand is in the brace for 4 weeks for my finger to heal. This is the only one I got of Jewel. Her thick fur covered up the puncture wounds and she was bathed at the hospital on the Sunday
You can see weer they had to shave her hip. In the video you hear Dina saying "They messed up her eye". And orf course, you can see how bloody she is. I may be going back to the hand specialist. I am taking Gabapentin but think I need something else as well.
 

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That's awful and I hope you and your pooch heal up fast and as good as new!

When I had a CCW permit, I was always armed when walking my dogs..even close to my own home. Dogs are legally not permitted to run free here, but many do anyway. Personally I fear Pitties (but I do feel sorry for them). If needed, I would have done what was necessary to protect me and mine, although the idea sickens me. I blame the owners rather than the dogs, and judging from what I saw above..action needs to be taken to protect people from those nasty dogs. The attack you describe could have turned out much worse for all, if those good people hadn't acted.

Best wishes for speedy recovery(s)
 

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OMG, I’m so so sorry that happened to you and your sweet girl. I’m stunned at the owners’ behavior. It’s admirable that you are not seeking pain and suffering, although you are definitely entitled to that. I hope they do the right thing and you can put this behind you so you can heal. Please keep us updated.
 

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I’m so glad Jewel is doing so well but I’m so sorry you’re still having difficulty. I cannot understand how some people can put their heads on their pillow at night and sleep!!! It doesn’t sound like these people have acknowledged any responsibility and I doubt they will ever. Wishing you continued recovery and many loving days with sweet Jewel. Hugs
 

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Go to the media! Even if you take them to court they probably won't show as they know they are guilty. Even if you get a judgement they won't pay and the best you can hope for is a lean against their property so they can't sell without paying you.
I'd go public... and certainly would include pain and suffering!
 

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I'm so glad you and Jewell are doing well. I'm sorry the owners are acting this way, shame on them i agree with everyone said.

Good luck and keep healing I hope in some way for form you get some resolution to this.
 

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Here in San Francisco we have a thing called "dog court". It is held once a week in a regular courtroom. There is a well-informed, dog-loving policeman who acts as the judge, and there is a court reporter. I highly recommend that if there is one anywhere near you, you go for it. When my boy Finley was attacked and badly hurt by a pit bull mix, (severe neck puncture wounds), once I got Finley safely away from the attacking dog, which took a long time, and was very difficult, we did exchange contact information, so I was able to have the owner subpoenaed. He showed up in court dressed in tee shirt and shorts, in freezing San Francisco, but mainly dressed in bad attitude, and acted in the most disrespectful way possible.

We both had a chance to testify. One is not represented by a lawyer in dog court, but I took a friend who was a lawyer with me for moral support. I had written a detailed statement, and had vet bills and photos of the injuries. Court mandated that he pay all my vet bills, and that his dog wear a muzzle out in public at all times, and that if he ever failed to do that, and his dog caused any damage again to another animal or person, his dog would be put down.

I did not ask for any more than that, and it felt great to be so publicly vindicated. I think the fact that it is so official makes people feel they must show up when required to do so.

However, both my dog and I had PTSD after that when we came anywhere close to a pit bull. My dog, a sweetie before that, would now growl at any large, short-haired, tan-colored dog that approached, and I was worried about fear aggression. We could never enjoy the nearby park again. Court can't fix that, but in my opinion pursuing the case in dog court was very much worth it.
 

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Here in San Francisco we have a thing called "dog court". It is held once a week in a regular courtroom. There is a well-informed, dog-loving policeman who acts as the judge, and there is a court reporter. I highly recommend that if there is one anywhere near you, you go for it. When my boy Finley was attacked and badly hurt by a pit bull mix, (severe neck puncture wounds), once I got Finley safely away from the attacking dog, which took a long time, and was very difficult, we did exchange contact information, so I was able to have the owner subpoenaed. He showed up in court dressed in tee shirt and shorts, in freezing San Francisco, but mainly dressed in bad attitude, and acted in the most disrespectful way possible.

We both had a chance to testify. One is not represented by a lawyer in dog court, but I took a friend who was a lawyer with me for moral support. I had written a detailed statement, and had vet bills and photos of the injuries. Court mandated that he pay all my vet bills, and that his dog wear a muzzle out in public at all times, and that if he ever failed to do that, and his dog caused any damage again to another animal or person, his dog would be put down.

I did not ask for any more than that, and it felt great to be so publicly vindicated. I think the fact that it is so official makes people feel they must show up when required to do so.

However, both my dog and I had PTSD after that when we came anywhere close to a pit bull. My dog, a sweetie before that, would now growl at any large, short-haired, tan-colored dog that approached, and I was worried about fear aggression. We could never enjoy the nearby park again. Court can't fix that, but in my opinion pursuing the case in dog court was very much worth it.

We have nothing like that here. I am so thankful that Jewel didn't have any after effects from it. You can't see any scars, but her eyelid drops a little where it was split. She had 5 puncture wounds around that eye and we are just thankful her eyeball was not damaged. She had b een a show dog for several years. But the lady that owned and showed her died and her hsuband, at first, didn't want to give her ad dthe old male up. But he didn't pay attention to them. They were kept in a kennel (nice one I was told) and got theri heatr wormprvention, flea pills, vax, but he didn't brush them, etc. Finally he decided to see=ll the place and buy and RV and go do volunter work at National Parks. The male was 14 and had very bad arthritis, so it was best to put him to sleep. But the guy turned the femal, Jewel, into the Texas Great Pyrenees Rescue. They picked her up and got all papers, info, etc. She was 9 yrs 9 months when we adopted her and this happened 6 days after we got her. I don't think she had ever had any contact with vicious dogs and she didn't even fight back, just tried to gt away. One was on her head, one on her back legs so she didn't stand a chance. Three of us were beating on them0--one neighbor was using a board and actually broke it. His wife called 911 and police arrived firt and got ropes on them and got them away from jewel. Ambulance arrived and after examining my hand wanted to take me to ER, but I said no, I had to get Jewel to the vt first. Dog catcher arrived and took the dogs off.

My vet is closed on Saturday afternoons & Sunday (live in a small town with one vet), but I called and he met me at at his hospital. he took one look at my bloody bandaged hand and bloody shirt and told hubby to get me to the Er, they would take care of Jewel.

I was told I have PTSD, but I don't know aout that. I do panic when I see dogs, especially large ones running loose....even when I am in the car. And I also developed a fear of driving over the tall harbor bridge to get into Corpus. I cant' breath til I am over it. I don't see how that could have anything to do with the attack, but I had driven over it for 30 years with no problem....til after the attack.
 
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