Westwego, LA - Linda Henry, 54, lost an eye, an ear and both arms, after she was attacked by three pit bulls she and her boyfriend had raised since they were puppies.
Henry and her boyfriend, Clarence Allen, have raised four pit bulls inside their home and treated them like their own kids. On Wednesday afternoon, Henry walked into her home and within minutes she was fighting for her life.
For reasons unknown at this time, Zeus, a 4-year-old male; Brutus, a 2-year-old male; and Ghost, a 4-year-old female, attacked Henry. A neighbor heard Henry yelling and called police while another tried getting inside the home, only to be attacked by one of the dogs.
When police arrived, they found Henry being mauled by all three dogs. “They could hear the woman screaming in the house,” said Police Chief Dwayne “Poncho” Munch. “They saw all three dogs biting her.”
Two of the dogs were shot and killed after they turned on the officers. A third dog was shot while still mauling Henry. A fourth dog, Big Lucy, had been in a back room and was not seen attacking Henry. She was first Tased by an officer when it charged, but that was ineffective, so another officer shot her.
Henry was rushed to the hospital in pretty bad shape. She had lost an eye and an ear, and was suffering from a severe scalp injury. “The skin ripped open and fell to the front of her face,” said one of Henry’s family members.
Both of Henry’s arms were torn to shreds, with injuries that exposed bone. They were intact when she was transported to the hospital, but doctors would end up amputating them both. “It’s the worst dog bite I’ve ever seen in 25 years of police work,” said Munch.
“I don’t know why they did it,” Allen said, which he raised from puppies. “We had those dogs like kids in there. They never had a fight. I don’t understand it.” But some speculate it had something to do with Ghost, who recently had puppies which were inside the home.
“I think it was mostly due to her puppies that were in there too. And then once one dog goes off, the other ones are going to join in,” said a family friend.
Neighbors said they worried about living next to a home with four pit bulls, but they could not recall any instances in which the dogs acted vicious or threatening.
All four dogs died from their injuries. The eight puppies found inside the home were taken to the animal shelter.