Pit bull attacks Wilson woman

By: Amanda Brown Email
By: Amanda Brown Email

WILSON, OK-- A 75 year old Wilson woman speaks out after being attacked by her neighbor's pit bull yesterday.

Mary Williams said she had just come back from the store and was taking groceries out of her truck when her neighbor's pit bull got loose and attacked her.

"I heard him, he was coming toward me viciously, I mean charging so then I said oh I jumped up like I was going to get in the side but I couldn't because he got me before I got up in there," said Williams.

Williams tried to get in the bed of her pickup truck but could not in time, the dog had grabbed her by her right calf.

"It was the most scary thing, well you just didn't know what to do, it was really hurting bad," said Williams.

Williams said she screamed and was fortunate that a neighbor was outside and heard her calls for help.

"And then the dog attacked him so he tried to jump the fence but he couldn't get over so the dog ran back across the street and he came on up there where I was and I said call the police," said Williams.

When Wilson police arrived they said the dog charged them and they were forced to shoot and kill it.

"When the officer approached the dog the dog was aggressive towards him so he had to put him down," said Wilson Police Chief Felix Hernandez.

" I don't have to worry about that dog anymore," said Williams.

Williams was taken to Mercy Hospital in Ardmore and needed 29 stitches to her calf.

"And I'm a survivor," said Williams.

Wilson police say they city will file a misdemeanor dog at large charge against the owners. They said the state health department will run a rabies test on the dog, the results should be back within a couple of days.

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  • by sonia craft Location: McCurtain on May 7, 2012 at 08:03 AM
    when you own a pit dog and it attacks a person the owner should be jailedfor a short time, pay for any hospital bills and any other medical needs of the person subject to damage,fined, and ordered to not own any other dog. i own a pit and have owned several other pits their attitude is all about how they are raised. my pit is our baby. She acts like a big baby. so when you own one and teCH it to be MEAN you should have to pay big time.
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      by Sanyo Cart on May 7, 2012 at 02:01 PM in reply to sonia craft
      Yeah...it just seems like there's a better way to protect us, the public, BEFORE their personal property attacks or mauls someone to DEATH. Per year license ($500.00) a $10,000.00 "Certificate of Deposit against damage" for ownership would do a better job of DETERRING pit bull ownership for the irresponsible and mitigating the animal's danger to the public rather than punishing the owners AFTER the attack. We're not saying you can't own them, just prove financial responsibility BEFORE being allowed ownership. This isn't a toy we're talking about here, it's an animal mauls to death innocent citizens.
  • by amusedbystander Location: Denison on May 4, 2012 at 08:50 PM
    Did anyone else notice the pattern in these comments? It seems that anyone with any education and intellegence (or understanding of how a sentence is formed) is agianst pit bull ownership. With the exception of only a few posts, all the pro-pitters present a less-than-impressive literacy level. Hmm, food for thought. Maybe the owners are as much a burden on society as the animals themselves.
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2012 at 03:36 PM
    Anonymouse: I do think she is personally and financially responsible for the animals. Her supervision failed to contain the dogs. License fees and bonds would not have prevented their escape. I am more concerned that Mr. Hurst lost his life than her ability to "pay for it". No loose dogs, no problem. I doubt you have any clue the suffering she is and will go through. I'm sure she will never consider that license fees and bonds would have prevented the incident. Her day in court is in front of her. So is her daughters future. Couple your license and bond fees with the "legal" authority to eliminate any loose pet and there might be a fighting chance to gain some ground. Can't believe you didn't think of that. No loose pet, no problem. By the way, you would have cast the first stone....right? Reap what you sow.
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      by Anonymouse on May 5, 2012 at 10:24 PM in reply to
      How do you think she is going to be personally responsible for his death? Will she forfeit her freedom? Or be forced to forfeit ANY amount of her time for her crime? Or do you believe it wasn't a crime? A crime that she is ultimatly responsbile for? Take her property from the equation and he is still alive. And yes, you've repeatedly explained that you feel the owner's themselves bear no responsibility, but the rest of society simply DOES NOT AGREE. And how is her pain and suffering, brought on by HER OWN actions, a higher priority than society's safety? No one ever wants to make an example of a criminal today and that is why there is never any personal responsibility (and yes, her property mauled a man TO DEATH, she's a criminal). As to an all inclusive policy, I'm all for both yearly licensing and CoD Bonds as well as Animal Control office enforcement, but you'll never get me to accept that you should be sniping mongrels in my back alley. As to stones, until my dog gets loose and MAULS A MAN TO DEATH, I'll throw pebbles, stones AND boulders and you should too...don't continue to enable those who put our safety and lives backseat to a pit bull.
  • by Born To Die on May 3, 2012 at 09:20 PM
    Sorry that the woman was attacked by a dog. Sorry the dog was killed. PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. It doesn't matter which species of animal you have in your house. NO PUPPY or KITTY is born bad, just as your children are supposedly BORN BAD.
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      by Anonymous on May 4, 2012 at 03:43 PM in reply to Born To Die
      Do pets that are spayed and neutered not bite? I remember the old behavior argument about heredity and environment. Don't recall any final resolution. I remember there was strong evidence both ways. Of course the study was directed at humans. You seem to have solved the puppy/kitty question.
  • by high horse on May 2, 2012 at 03:30 PM
    The Maryland Court of Appeals ruling declares pit bulls as a breed are "inherently dangerous," and the owner of a pit bull or a cross-bred pit that attacks is strictly liable for damages, as is any landlord who rents to a pit bull owner. Bring it to OK!
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      by Anonymous on May 3, 2012 at 05:14 PM in reply to high horse
      Sounds good. Only problem is there must be damage done before liability can be measured. By lawyers. There is no need for breed specific laws. Give LEO's and/or citizens the authority to eliminate any loose pet. That will keep fido from pooping in my yard and pit bulls from attacking those out for a walk!
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        by Anonymouse on May 4, 2012 at 07:00 PM in reply to
        Still wanting the fix the dog AFTER letting it out of the barn. $500.00 per year Licensing and $10,000.00 CoD Liabiilty bonds will keep the barn doors closed to begin with.
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          by Anonymous on May 5, 2012 at 05:42 AM in reply to Anonymouse
          No, just want to fix the dog IF it gets out of the barn with no concern for legal repercusions.
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          by Anonymous on May 5, 2012 at 07:18 AM in reply to Anonymouse
          That won't be enforced, either. Having landlords and homeowners legally liable for harm done by a pit bull housed on their property will mean much higher rates for insurance where pits are concerned. And that will mean fewer pit bulls. If effect it's the same thing as your license and bond, except those with a financial stake will enforce the law themselves when their insurance renewal comes up.
  • by ResponsiBULL owner Location: Sherman on Apr 25, 2012 at 08:54 PM
    If stray pitbulls are such a problem in the colbert are then apparently the people in the area need to make a call t the local pound to come and get the strays and maybe that would help to solve some of the problems. If no one does anything then nothing is ever going to benstead of done and no changes are ever going to be made and the problems are only going to get worse as time goes on. So of letting the problem get further out of control in your area then put a stop to it if there is a stay call the local animal shelter/pound to come and pick them up.
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      by ResponsiBS on Apr 26, 2012 at 08:02 PM in reply to ResponsiBULL owner
      Because they just spontaneously appeared? Nope. This is the result of you "responsible" pit bull owners. Spreading your irresponsible behavior and expecting everyone else to accept it, deal with it and clean up your messes for you. We're not your parents NOR are we your social workers. Accept RESPONSIBILITY for your choices.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 30, 2012 at 06:23 PM in reply to ResponsiBULL owner
      Say, can you supply that number for the local pound? Also need the one for the local animal shelter/pound please.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 25, 2012 at 03:08 PM
    Which is the greater stain on society, people with loose morals or people with loose pets? Teachers, politicians, pastors, landlords...ect, reek havoc on young people and marriages. Because they are people many tax dollars are thrown their way. Loose pets deserve little or no taxpayer funds. If animal lovers want to save the animals, power to them. They need to use their own funds and leave taxpayer funds out of it. They are the root of animals gaining equal status with humans in court. Makes no sense. If there is to be any penalty levied against the girl in Mead, the court will first have to prove her dogs did it! All evidence to date is circumstantial. There were no witnesses. There is no doubt they did it, but can it be proven? That sucks!
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      by Anonymouse on Apr 26, 2012 at 08:06 PM in reply to
      IIRC his remains were found in the animals' excrement. Kinda makes your whole defensive post pointless and irresponsible, dont you think? Or are you too biased to think?
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        by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2012 at 08:07 AM in reply to Anonymouse
        Appears you have some inside information about the excrement. My pointless and irresonsible post addressed that no taxpayer funds should be expended to prove one way or the other that these dogs were guilty! There is no doubt. Who foots the bill for the containment and testing? Biased? Yep, no doubt about it! Loose pets should be allowed to be eliminated without fear of any legal repercusions. I think a lot. I think irresponsible people are a dime a dozen. I think I don't desire any of my tax dollars spent toward educating irresponsible pet owners. I think loose pets should be shot! No loose pet, no problem! I think I don't want the irresponsible pet owners to suffer anything other than the loss of their pet. Yeah, I think a lot!
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          by Anonymouse on Apr 30, 2012 at 06:36 AM in reply to
          "I think I don't want the irresponsible pet owners to suffer anything other than the loss of their pet" and I think you're letting them off easy. Not until you make it a "lesson" will anyone learn. A person can easily get another pit bull when one "disappears", much harder to scrape together that licensing and bond fee, esp. after the rpevious was forfeited. Tax-dollars spent? Nope. Pit bull owner's dollars spent? Why the h*** not?
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      by Anonymous on Apr 30, 2012 at 06:17 PM in reply to
      "letting them off easy." Guess maybe you are unaware of the value of pit bulls to pit bull lovers. They're expensive! As they "disappear" the price will go up. It will become cost effective to keep them contained. Lawyers can beat laws. There is no honor among theives. Let them argue amonst themselves!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 25, 2012 at 06:36 AM
    Oklahoma Statutes Title 4 Chapter 3 Sections 41-47 deal with all of this, yet I don't see that any of it is even remotely enforced. Why?
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      by Need New Sheriff on Apr 25, 2012 at 03:30 PM in reply to
      In Colbert we have a license law, and Bulldogs are required to have an $50,000.00 Bond on file---neither are enforced. We have all kinds of dogs running loose, just this week a young girl was bitten in the face by a viscious dog...there were no shot tags on the dog; this has got to stop.
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        by Anonymous on Apr 26, 2012 at 07:06 AM in reply to Need New Sheriff
        How will a new sheriff help? If you know the facts and can prove it, take the info to the DA. If a warrant is issued the sheriff will serve it. It's called taking responsibility!
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          by Anonymouse on Apr 26, 2012 at 08:07 PM in reply to
          It's called PERSONAL responsibility...something the pit bull owner's are refusing, or simply incapable, of doing.
  • by ResponsiBULL owner Location: Sherman on Apr 23, 2012 at 09:55 PM
    The probelem is the people that get pits for all the wrong reasons. I mean like I said before they arent to make fashion statements, but they do make a great family pet if you take the time to train them correctly. But it takes a a lot of time and dedication. But way to may thugs and wannabes that want to look cool get these dogs and dont know anything about them and dont know how to handle them and or control them. But th stray ones will just get more out of hand if something isnt done about it because they are more aggressive because they need food and water and shelter that is why they are so aggressive. It is most of those pits that is starting to give even the good pits a bad name. But no matter what I will keep fighting to make sure my dogs breed doesnt get banned because I know that pit bulls are a good dog if you just give them chance. And to all of the people that said they would pull a gun out and shoot any pit they see, im sorry but if im walking down the street with my dogs and u pull a gun out on my dogs i will defend my dogs because if my dogs arent causing any harm why start trouble with a dog that hasnt even done anything just because another dog of the same breed has done something wrong. Why is it because what some of them did wrong why does everyone think that has to define how every pit bull is. It doesnt and unless you have had hands onexperience with the breed then you honestly dont have any room to make any judgements.
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      by ResponsiBS on Apr 24, 2012 at 08:22 AM in reply to ResponsiBULL owner
      No one wants to ban pit bulls, we just want their owners to take personal responsibility for their property. Just license their ownership, say $500.00 annualy and force the owner to post a $10,000.00 bond PER animal.
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      by Aletha on Apr 24, 2012 at 09:15 AM in reply to ResponsiBULL owner
      Don't waste your breath, I have been in all 3 debates and all they are gonna do is call you stupid or dense no matter how many facts you throw at them. I just don't get people. They say ban the breed but someone else will just train another breed to be mean and attack.
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        by Athela on Apr 24, 2012 at 08:07 PM in reply to Aletha
        and YOU refuse to accept the CDC FACTS as...well... FACTS, Instead you continue to making up your own and interject biased personal opiniosn as facts. Give it a rest. We get it. You don't understand society concerns. We understand that you don't care about our safety. We KNOW you're going to continue to try and defend the indefensible. It's just who you are, another dellusional pit bull owner.
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          by Can you read? on Apr 25, 2012 at 09:54 AM in reply to Athela
          Ahh...and you continue to use a source you obviously didn't even read! Below is the CDC's conclusion to there 20 year research project.... "Conclusions—Although fatal attacks on humans appear to be a breed-specific problem (pit bull-type dogs and Rottweiler’s), other breeds may bite and cause fatalities at higher rates. Because of difficulties inherent in determining a dog’s breed with certainty, enforcement of breed-specific ordinances raises con-situational and practical issues. Fatal attacks represent a small proportion of dog bite injuries to humans and, therefore, should not be the primary factor driving public policy concerning dangerous dogs." Again...just in case you simple minded folk missed it...OTHER BREEDS MAY BITE AND CAUSE FATALITIES AT HIGHER RATES. In other words...this study you pit-haters use to "show the facts" is actually just another form of propaganda. But we KNOW you don't really care about the "FACTS" so why would I bother to try and explain them to you? All you care about is which way the herd is headed so you can follow right behind them....bawbaww sheeep
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          by I can read on Apr 26, 2012 at 08:09 PM in reply to Athela
          "All you care about is which way the herd is headed so you can follow right behind them" All I care about it that my family is safe from pit bull attacks. If that takes foricing the owners to take responsibility, so be it. A civilized society must, at time, be uncivilized towards the uncivilized.
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          by can you comprehend? on May 3, 2012 at 07:21 AM in reply to Athela
          The CDC says it 'APPEARS to be a breed-specific problem'.....other breeds 'MAY' cause...in other words, they aren't saying anything. The also alluded to breed specific laws being Unconstitutional. Well, no, they have been upheld a number of times. Just this week the Maryland Appeals Court ruled that pit bulls are vicious animals and laws making owners and landlords of properties on which Pits can be found liable for any attacks. You can argue up is down all day long, but you're going to fall the same direction every time.
  • by Aletha on Apr 23, 2012 at 11:53 AM
    I am here again to say, I think there is a far more serious problem we should be looking into. Why are all these dogs running loose in Oklahoma? I know all of these Pit owners are not the drug dealing, gun carrying thugs everyone claims are Pit owners. If they are, again a bigger problem than the BREED. As a Pit owner, I find it disturbing that all these dogs just run loose in this state. I took my 4 month old Pit to the park yesterday an several people had to ask what kind of dog she was, one man even said "NICE BOXER". Are we really sure all these attacks are Pit Bulls? KXII has never showed pics of the dogs. I'm just asking a question so no need to call me stupid or dense.
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      by Athela on Apr 24, 2012 at 08:25 AM in reply to Aletha
      As a non pit bull owner your biased comment are wasted breath to the rest of us...and I agree, there is no need to call you stupid or dense, your repeated posts about pit bulls do an effective job of showing just how ignorant and irresponsible you and your ideas are.
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        by Aletha on Apr 27, 2012 at 01:32 PM in reply to Athela
        Irresponsible? My Pit has all her shots, she walks on a leash and is in a fenced in backyard....I would have no problem letting the City of Denison know where my house/ dog is..
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          by Athela on Apr 30, 2012 at 06:41 AM in reply to Aletha
          and yet that is not being responsible for a breed that has attacked 4 folks in the last 4 months, KILLING an elderly man. $500.00 a year license and a $10,000.00 bond against damage is a good start. Come back to us when you've proven that you're FINANCIALLY prepared to protect the rest of us from your dog.
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