Earlier this month, a pack of pit bulls viciously attacked two young women in Carroll County. The women were out for a run when the dogs charged at them and left them with serious injuries. Now the dogs’ owner is facing eight misdemeanor charges for his liability in the incident. Sheriff Toby Leazenby called the attack “criminal” and said it was a “feeding frenzy” as the four pit bulls bit the young women from head to toe.
Isabella George, 19, and her cousin, Rebkah Forgey were finishing a two mile run when the dogs started coming towards them. They fled across a field to try to get away, but the dogs caught up to them and soon had them on the ground. George sustained bruises, puncture wounds, and bites from head to toe. Forgey was critically injured with flesh ripped away from her scalp and muscle torn from her leg.
Family members said the injuries were horrific. “It is like a scene out of a horror movie,” Isabella’s mom, Shena George said. “When I saw them they were covered in blood and just mauled. It was terrible.” Isabella’s father, Derrick George, said the damage was extensive. “I’m just thankful she is alive but she has bite marks all over her body.”
Rebkah sustained the most serious injuries and is still in serious condition. “Rebkah has 75 percent of her scalp removed and she will not be able to grow her hair back,” Shena said. The young woman will need skin and muscle grafts in the future.
Shena said that the girls tried to fight off the dogs for almost thirty minutes. The dogs’ owner attempted to pull them away from the girls, but was unsuccessful. Eventually a woman driving by stopped and managed to get the girls in her truck, which most likely saved the lives of both girls.
When Sheriff Leazenby heard about the incident, he ordered deputies to find the dogs and shoot them immediately. All four animals were killed. Leazenby reported that the dogs have caused some problems in the past, but never anything so serious. The dogs’ owner had been written summonses because of the animals on previous occasions but still allowed them to run free. Now both of these young women face an uphill battle with painful physical and emotional recoveries ahead of them.
Unfortunately, dog attacks are not uncommon. Everyday, around 1000 people visit emergency rooms for treatment following dog bite injuries. In most cases, the dog owners are liable for the incidents and personal injury attorneys in Tampa insist that these pet owners should be held responsible to pay for medical care. Tampa personal injury attorneys specialize in helping dog bite victims receive the settlements they need to afford proper medical care following an attack. If you or someone you love suffers from a dog bite, contact a personal injury attorney in Tampa to get assistance.