Corrigan woman recovering from vicious dog attack
Polk County Enterprise, March 2007
CORRIGAN – An evening stroll around the neighborhood came to a terrifying end at about 7 p.m. Friday for Jeri Glass when four vicious dogs surrounded and attacked her.
Glass, 65, tried to step away from the dogs, but they began nipping at her legs and knocked her to the ground.
Corrigan pastor Harvey Stewart lives near the scene of the attack, heard the commotion and rushed outside with a broom and got the dogs off of her.
The victim was taken to a Lufkin hospital with numerous bites. Two large wounds on her legs will require plastic surgery. She has several additional wounds on her back.
“If it hadn’t been for Harvey, they would have gotten my face and throat,” Glass said Tuesday. “It was really a nightmare.”
Stewart said he was just glad to be in the right place at the right time.
“It was kind of a bad scene out there,” Stewart said. “It could have been me or my wife or any child in the neighborhood. She’s a nice neighbor of mine and you’d do that for anybody in that situation. When you love people you have to react.”
The Polk County Sheriff’s Department has the four dogs in custody and began proceedings Tuesday to have them destroyed.
Lt. Craig Finegan with the criminal investigation division filed a request with Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Larry Whitworth to classify the dogs as dangerous animals and issue an order to euthanize them to protect the public.
A hearing is set for 9 a.m. Monday in Whitworth’s court to hear the petition to put down the dogs.
“We’re going to crack down on this before it gets out of hand,” Finegan said. “If we feel a dog is a danger to the public we will take steps to end the dog’s life.”
“What if this was a child that was attacked,” Finegan said.
Although many of the residents in the neighborhood have told officers where the dogs have been living, under current state law there are not a lot of criminal charges that can be filed when no one claims ownership, Finegan said.
He adds that a bill has been filed with the legislature that would make harboring vicious animals a third degree felony.
“We hope that will take effect Sept. 1,” Finegan said.
“If people want to take strays in, that’s taking owners and they’re responsible,” Finegan said. “We’re not going to let this problem escalate like it has in the Houston area.”