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A Pit Bull Kills a 55-year-old Woman who was Alone in her Backyard – Part 9

Monday, June 20th, 2016
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A 55-year-old woman in Montreal, Canada, was killed in her backyard on Wednesday. A neighbor’s pit bull somehow entered her yard, where she was alone, and relentlessly attacked. Another of her neighbors, just after arriving home from work, witnessed the attack after the woman had already become unconscious and called the police. When they arrived at the horrific scene, they had to shoot the pit bull to get to the victim. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

It seems clear that authorities in Quebec are not going to allow the death of Christine Vadnais to be in vain. Vadnais is the 55-year-old Montreal woman referred to in this series. Her funeral was on Saturday. Just a few days after her death, however, Mayor Denis Coderre of Montreal announced plans to change dog laws. He said that new pit bulls will be banned in all 19 burroughs.

There was a serious pit bull attack in Broussard in September of 2015, and the victim’s family has been fighting for a pit bull ban ever since. The victim was an 8-year-old girl named Vanessa; the family withheld her last name. The 100-pound pit bull broke her jaw, destroyed her skin, damaged muscles, and did damage to her ears. The child has to learn how to speak with the metal frames bolted in her mouth. The city answered that there were no plans to change dog laws that would ban breeds. Because of the death of Vadnais, however, Broussard is one of the areas set to benefit with a pit bull ban. We would all be safer if lawmakers in Texas would do the same.

Learn more in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, and Part 8, of this nine-part series.

–Guest Contributor


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