As Labor Day Approaches, East Texas Woman Shares Story of Severe Pit Bull Mauling at 'Dog Friendly' Private RV Park
The victim warns that she had nowhere to turn after the attack. She wants fellow RV enthusiasts to be aware of this hidden danger to avoid a similar fate.
Conroe, TX August 29, 2013 -- DogsBite.org, a national dog bite victims' group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks, releases a 7,000 word blog post detailing a powerful victim's story on the heels of Labor Day weekend. The 59-year old woman was brutally attacked by a tethered pit bull while visiting a friend at a "Dog Friendly" private RV park in East Texas. Nine months after the mauling, Lorrie George warns fellow RV enthusiasts to be aware of this hidden danger.
The blog post begins with the day of the attack at a private RV park located in Willis, Texas, describing in chilling detail the moments before and after the vicious attack. Then follows through after arriving at the ER at Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Woodlands. Lorrie's partner, Thomas King, rode in the front seat of the ambulance on the way to the hospital. While en route, the driver told him, "I have never seen a bite as bad as hers. It looked like a shark attack," Thomas states.
The blog post details why the couple feels the legal and law enforcement system deserted them after the attack: primarily due to the circumstances of the mauling and the pit bull owner lacking any insurance. "The couple's story is filled with frustration and sadness, a disbelief this could happen to them, and worse, any number of new unsuspecting victims. The only relief they feel today is in knowing that Lorrie's attack may have prevented the death of a child," states the post.
The extensive post written over a 12-week period shows that in every direction the couple turned -- four different attorneys and the crime victims' compensation program -- ended in rejection. The setting of the attack at the park involved a pit bull tied to a 20 to 25 foot rope, which "reached into three RV lots," states the post. Photos provided by the couple included in the post show that Lorrie was standing in an easement area, the shared strip between two lots, when the animal attacked.
The post explains that due to these conditions, there was no crime -- no one to hold accountable from a criminal standpoint. Because the owner of the dog had no insurance, there was no one to pursue in the civil arena. The post closely examines these two issues along with the history of the pit bull, which had nine known bites leading up to the RV park attack. Understanding these circumstances and avoiding a similar situation are the chief goals of Lorrie sharing her account.
Other parts of the post include, "the 'vicious dog loop' and how charity to an irresponsible friend comes at a price," states the post. Of the many painful lessons the couple has learned since the attack is that it does not pay to be nice or tolerant to friends who own high-risk dog breeds, explains the post. As a visiting guest on a dog owner's property in Texas -- in this case the quasi-property borders of an RV lot -- trusting visitors can carry the entire burden, explains the post.
"How many readers have ever considered the risk of encountering a dangerous dog at a private RV park or campground area?" states the post. The couple hopes that people consider it now. The Conroe-based couple would like to see change in Texas law, requiring "mandatory insurance for owners of known dangerous dog breeds," states the post. Provided in the post is a "Checklist for 'Dog Friendly' Private RV Parks" by the couple to help fellow RV enthusiasts avoid their same fate.
DogsBite.org is a national dog bite victims' group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks. Through our work, we hope to protect both people and pets from future attacks. Our website, www.dogsbite.org, was launched in October 2007 and contains a wide collection of data to help policymakers and citizens learn about dangerous dog breeds. Our research focuses on pit bull type dogs. Due to selective breeding practices that emphasize aggression and tenacity, this class of dogs negatively impacts communities the most. Our website hosts important dog bite studies, U.S. dog bite fatalities and other key bibliographies. In the Legislating Dogs portion of our site, we offer examples of breed-specific laws and documentation of the constitutionality of these laws. The Victim Realities section provides a glance into the unforgettable histories victims leave behind and much more. DogsBite.org operates out of Austin, Texas and can be contacted via: 512-650-8510 or . Research contributions and active website participation stems from individuals that span the United States of America and across the world.