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A 43-year-old Woman is Mauled to Death by Pit Bulls in Houston, Texas

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
Young Pit Bull

Young Pit Bull (Photo credit: Tobyotter)

A 43-year-old woman believed to be homeless was mauled to death in Houston on Sunday, and two people were injured while trying to rescue her.  Christina Burleson was fatally attacked by two pit bulls in a neighborhood in southeast Houston.  Animal control officers captured one of the dogs and the second dog was found with his owners.  The pit bulls are currently in quarantine to be checked for rabies. According to authorities, the dogs will be euthanized.

About a year ago, on January 19, 2013, the first fatal pit bull attack of the year occurred in Texas.  Four-year-old Christian Gormanous was killed by a pit bull that was chained in a neighbor’s yard in Montgomery County, Texas.  Gormanous climbed over a chain-link fence while playing in his own backyard.  Although the pit bull he encountered was on a chain, the dog was able to viciously attack the child.  The boy’s 9-year-old sister managed to pull him away from the dog.  He was rushed to a Houston hospital, but the injuries were too serious and he died.  The children’s mother had been inside their home, feeding their newborn sibling.

There were several other deaths caused by pit bulls in Texas last year.  Two-year-old Isaiah Aguilar of Sabinal, Texas, died after chasing a balloon into a neighbor’s yard and being brutally attacked by a pit bull.  Ninety-six-year-old Juan Campos was killed in Katy, Texas, by approximately five pit bulls.

Sixty-three-year-old Linda Oliver of Dayton, Texas, was killed on July 1, 2013, by a Rottweiler-mastiff mix, a stray dog she had been feeding for about two weeks.

How many fatalities will occur as a result of dog attacks in Texas this year, particularly by pit bulls and Rottweilers?  Texas laws need to change so that pet owners are motivated by the harshness of potential penalties to prevent their pit bulls and other dangerous dogs from injuring or killing others.

–Guest Contributor

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