FLORA WOMAN KILLED IN PIT BULL ATTACK

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By admin
Published: November 30, 2009

UPDATE 7 a.m. 12.1.09–Dog put down

Our sources in Flora have confirmed that the pit bull was put down yesterday. Tests for rabies, which are routine, are said to be underway. It’s still unclear whether the dog had its shots.

For those of you asking, we haven’t had time to confirm whether Clay has an animal control officer, but we are looking into it, and when we find out, we’ll post it here.

We will also be able to provide confirmation of who exactly owned the dog and if this was the same dog that had been menacing campers at the park this summer.

More to come; keep checking back.


UPDATE 8:30 p.m.

Disclosure has received disturbing reports about the pit bull in question in this incident.

Neighbors of Rosie Humphreys have informed Disclosure that the dog has been allowed to run the neighborhood in the past and that they were afraid something bad was going to happen.

Another report has it that as recently as this summer, a pit bull (whether or not it was this one remains unclear) had been chained to a tree at Charley Brown Park in Flora and allowed to torment the campers at the site. Reportedly, nothing was done about this.

Humphreys’ neighbors are devastated over the matter, and have told Disclosure that the woman was like “everybody’s grandma” to them.

Bill Lagle’s daughter has informed Disclosure that he has been released from the hospital with injuries to his hands. He did not receive bites, she said; instead, his knuckles are jammed and swollen because he punched the dog repeatedly trying to get him to release his hold on Humphreys.

Our kudos to Lagle for attempting to save Humphreys, and our sympathies go out to Humphreys’ family and friends.

Thanks too to everyone who has called or emailed us with details and background.

We will continue to update.

A quick note, 10 p.m.–Thanks, http://www.dogsbite.org/blog/ , for linking us!!

PRESS RELEASE FROM FLORA POLICE CHIEF JOHN NICHOLSON

FROM PRESS CONFERENCE HELD AT 8 P.M. IN FLORA:

On November 30, 2009, at approximately 2:18 p.m., Clay County 911 dispatch center received a 911 call of a pit bull attacking a woman at a residence on the 200 block of Austin Ave. here in Flora. The 911 telecommunicator dispatched Flora City Police Officers and Clay County Ambulance Paramedics to that location.

Upon officer’s arrival, neighbors had gained control of the pit bull which had attacked an elderly female. The pit bull had apparently also attacked and killed a smaller dog owned by the victim. Officers along with citizens rendered first aid to the victim until paramedics arrived. The efforts to save the elderly female were not successful.

Pronounced dead at the scene by Clay Co. Coroner Gary Bright was 85-year-old Rosie Humphreys of Flora. It appeared she died of injuries she received from the attack by the pit bull. The dog’s owner and police officers were able to contain the dog in a pet carrier until Clay County Animal Control personnel arrived. An autopsy has been scheduled for Dec. 1, 2009.

Nicholson would like to thank the assistance provided to his agency by the Clay County sheriff’s office, Clay County state’s attorney’s office, Flora/Clay Co. animal control/health department and by the crime scene services provided by the Illinois State Police.

End of press release.

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UPDATE 6:20 P.M.

FLORA–A Flora woman has reportedly been killed in a dog attack near her home earlier today, Nov. 30, 2009.

Flora sources have told Disclosure that one Rose Humphreys (some sources have said Koehler) was walking her poodle in the vicinity of Austin Avenue around 1 or 1:30 p.m. when a pit bull, reportedly owned by Brian Pennington (although we’re now hearing, at 8:10, that it wasn’t his pit), attacked her dog. Humphreys went to separate the two dogs and herself was attacked. Our sources indicate that the pit locked down on her jugular vein.

Sources report that Bill (some sources have said Kelly) Lagle, a man who was across the street from the attack, heard the disturbance and ran over to help but by then it was too late. Lagle was reportedly injured in the struggle and earlier today was being treated at Clay County Hospital in Flora.

That’s all we have for now…it will likely update as the evening goes on…keep checking back.

Googlemaps show us Austin Ave. here (the little “A” is NOT the location of the attack, it just points out the street):

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EARLIER:

We’re working a story right now about a woman who was attacked by a pit bull in or around Austin Street in Flora.

Reportedly this happened about three hours ago (1-1:30 p.m.) today, Monday, Nov. 30.

We have the woman’s first name but not last, and we’ve been told she was 49 and was walking her own dog when the attack happened. Reportedly, she was killed as a result of the pit bull attack. A second person, a man, who went to help her was also bitten by the pit bull; our sources tell us he’s at the hospital in Flora getting treatment right now.

We’ll get more information out as it comes in. Feel free to call or email; click the link.

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  1. admin says:

    We ultimately did find out which dog was the subject of the “complaint” at the park, and as it turned out, that wasn’t Pennington’s dog, nor was it a real complaint, so we let it go until we received official documents proving what it was…and we haven’t acquired the documents yet. When the next print version comes out, we may be able to provide that information. The problem with it was that it WASN’T a criminal complaint, so we can’t go with it yet. But thanks for your interest in it; we’ll do our best to clarify that in the January issue.

  2. Albert Cannon says:

    I found an interesting article on the web. It talks about how…”The American Pit Bull Terriers used in the majority of these fights have been specifically bred and trained for fighting and are unrelenting in their attempts to overcome their opponents. With their extremely powerful jaws, they are able to inflict severe bruising, deep puncture wounds and broken bones.”
    http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/dogfighting/facts/dogfighting_fact_sheet.html

  3. John says:

    Actually, Albert, pit bulls were breed to have qualities like stamina, agility, drive, and strength. But, they weren’t bred to be aggressive. 95% of dogs fighters try to train are ultimately dumped or killed for not fighting. Their bite is only 10 lbs stronger than a German Shepherd, and 30 lbs lighter than a Rottweiler.

  4. MadHatter says:

    Id go out of my way to put a bullet in a pit!!!




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