Girl released, woman remains hospitalized in Bonham dog attack

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

BONHAM, Tex. -- The 11-year-old girl attacked by dogs in Bonham is said to be okay Thursday, but the 44-year-old woman attacked remains in a Dallas hospital, and the owner of the dogs is now facing felony charges.

Police say it happened around 5:15 p.m. Wednesday near downtown Bonham when two dogs escaped from a car and attacked 44-year-old Judy Pless on her bicycle in the 500 block of North Main.

When witnesses scared the dogs away, they then attacked an 11-year-old girl just around the corner on 5th Street who was also getting onto a bicycle.

Police say the dogs are believed to be pit bulls. There were four of them in the car, two of which jumped out and attacked.

Pless was flown to Parkland Hospital in Dallas with multiple tears and puncture wounds. She remains hospitalized Thursday.

The 11-year-old girl was flown to Children's Medical Center in Dallas where she was later released.

The dogs' owner, John Hardy Taylor, was initially arrested on misdemeanor charges related to the attack. Taylor has since been charged with four counts of attack by a dog, a third-degree felony. Police are also charging Taylor with misdemeanors of allowing the dogs to run loose and having no rabies vaccinations.

The dogs have been taken into custody and were placed in isolation. The judgment of this case is set to take place Friday.


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  • by guest Location: tx on Jun 5, 2009 at 07:15 PM
    Guess what, another pit bull attack in Bonham Tx, the 3 yo little girl had to be air lifted to Parkland Hospital in Dallas. HOW LONG WILL WE ALLOW THESE DOGS TO BE MORE IMPORTANT THAN OUR CHILDREN???
  • by Sophie Location: Denison on Apr 22, 2009 at 07:39 PM
    The 11 year-old girl was my best friend. I saw the entire attack. Do you people even know what it's like to see your best friend attacked? Haiden is an animal lover who would never hurt an animal. She didn't even want the dogs to be put down. I'm terrifyed of pit-bulls and I can't even be near one. Please train your dogs. Teach them not to bite people. Please.
  • by bill Location: denison on Nov 4, 2008 at 04:36 AM
    Them dogs been killing people for years and the state need to ban them from Texas. Or kill them all.no more pit bull
  • by MOM Location: Ardmore on Nov 3, 2008 at 12:44 PM
    to "WOW" My lab which I had put down last year, attacked over 15 other dogs that I know of and even bit a small child that wandered into our yard. My new dog, an American Pit Bull is the most gentle breed of dog I have ever owned and I have owned, Rott's, Lab's, German Shephard's, you name it. He plays with my kids which range from 3 to 14 and has NEVER been aggressive towards another dog. Blame the owners for the way their dogs act, NOT THE DOGS! Don't tell me that labs dont scare grown men, because mine was raised gentle and scared even me! There are good and bad in every breed and I will vouch my pit bull as everyone calls them is the best dog I have ever owned!
  • by judy Location: bonham on Sep 19, 2008 at 05:48 PM
    thank for the kinging of some people i am' still not on my feet yet' but with god's ' help. viewers like you i will judy
  • by I love my pitt and rott Location: Texas on Sep 14, 2008 at 06:49 PM
    First of all my compliments to all of the people who posted their anti pitbull/ rottweiler comments. You people need education on the breeds first, before you pass judgement. I am not a crackhead or inbred, we are a respectable well to do family, with 5 grown children, 31-13 years of age. We also have 4 grandchildren ages 2-6 years of age. I have assisted with pitbull rescue for 15 years now, and our rottweiler was a personal choice. I am proud to say our dogs have bitten or hurt anyone. All of you need to go to pitbulltalk.com, this is a forum of responsible owners. Increase your knowledge and awareness, before you condemn. BAN THE DEED, NOT THE BREED!!!
  • by Darren Location: ohio on Aug 21, 2008 at 12:36 AM
    all people who own pits are not inbred's or crackhead's you are very uneducated impulsive behavior get a life lmao
  • by 10 pit bull's owner Location: DENISON on Aug 20, 2008 at 07:17 PM
    To Wow over in Reality not all pit bull owners are INBRED HICKS OR CRACKHEADS. All im saying is i love all of my dogs and they wont hurt nobody. They play with all the kids in my area. Their only DANGEREOUS if you dont raise them right. My gossh people. Leave the pit bull alone. AND for everybody alse's info all dogs can bit and hurt someone or kill them dont matter what kind it is
  • by ck Location: Bonham on Aug 20, 2008 at 11:52 AM
    I live next door to an idiot with several pitbulls - the owner has signs posted everywhere warning neighbors and others. The dogs have "visited" my property uninvited several times - and they have always left with a POLICE ESCORT. I'm not one to call the police for no reason but I WILL NOT have those animals on my property. THEY ARE DANGEREOUS!
  • by Dookey Location: Shermboro on Aug 20, 2008 at 06:19 AM
    Just for the record; I do not own a dog or cat.
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