Saturday, June 3, 2017

Texas: Woman attacked by dog now trying to change county law

TEXAS -- An El Paso County woman is sharing her story after a dog attack.
She reached out to KFOX14 following the attack, which sent her to the hospital, because she’s trying to change a county ordinance.

Christine Miles says she was on a run in Far East El Paso County when a neighbor's dog, loose in the front lawn, attacked her.

“He gets me on my stomach, I started screaming and he let go and just shook and shook," Miles said, adding that other neighbors helped her get away.

The photos from the hospital show severe bruising on her leg and stomach. There are puncture wounds and blood running from the wounds. Miles said she is on blood thinners so the bruising appears worse than normal on her.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office took the dog into quarantine. But Miles said this isn't the first time she's heard of the same dog biting people.

Now, she wants the county to change the law.

Currently, a dog can be released back to its owner, as long as the dog has its shots, vaccination records and registration.

Miles and her daughter submitted an amendment to change the ordinance.
They want a one-bite rule. It would prevent animals with a history of aggression from being returned to the owner after a bite.

"If a person is attacked... (the owner) shouldn't be able to get their dog back,” Miles said.

County Judge Veronica Escobar said she's received the proposed amendment. She said the county's legal team is looking into it.
Miles said the dog’s owner has come by twice to check on her.

The sheriff's office said the dog's owners have been fined for not having the dog secured in their yard and the dog has not been released to them.

(KFOX - June 2, 2017)