Help for Rosie
On the morning of May 1st my mom, Rosie, was walking her dog, Daizie, when both were attacked and mauled by a pit bull. The dog savagely attacked Daizie then turned on my mom when she tried to save her dog. My mom was knocked to the ground, bitten and scratched up before the pit bull turned and attacked Daizie again.
Neighbors and people nearby heard my mom screaming. People shielded my mom and Daizie from the pit bull which continued to try to attack them.
The owner of the pit bull ran out of the back yard of the residence she is living at, grabbed the pit bull and drove off. The owner of the pit bull did NOT stop to assist my mom in any way or even leave information regarding her pit bull's vaccinations and shots. The woman and her dog quickly drove off and disappeared.
Daizie was rushed to the nearest Veterinarian ER where she was stabilized. I took my mom to the nearest ER where her bite and scratch wounds were treated. After having a CAT scan and x-rays, doctors found that my mom's tail bone was broken during the attack. A couple days after the attack the bite wounds became infected and mom was placed on antibiotics.
Tucson Police and Pima County Animal Control were immediately notified of the attack. Attempts to contact the pit bull owner have gone unanswered or ignored. KVOA broadcast the story on the May 5th 6:00pm and 10:00pm news (which is linked above).
Since the pit bull and its owner fled the scene of the attack and have refused to contact us with information on the pit bull's vaccinations, my mom may have to undergo rabies shots since we cannot verify if the pit bull is up to date on its vaccinations.
Mom is 82 years old and going through those shots will add additional suffering and trauma- not mentioning the potential side effects of the treatment which could be severe given her age and health.
My mom is on fixed income and cannot afford the increasing cost of treatment for herself and Daizie. We are asking for assistance in covering these expenses.
UPDATE: We had to rush Daizie to the ER vet. A section of the wound the size of a quarter/half dollar did not take to treatment. The tissue died and is starting to go septic. Daizie is undergoing surgery to remove the dead tissue tonight (3/9/18). She will have a wet bandage that needs to be changed every 48 hrs and the wound will be incrimentally closed over the next 3 weeks. The vet bills for treating this attack are mounting (this time by another $1200.00 just for the proceedure). Please help if you can.
As they were walking, a pit bull that was being walked broke it's metal choke chain and attacked Daizie. This attack was fatal- Daizie did not survive. Her upper jaw was shattered and she had a fracture that went along her nose to her ear. The pit bull grabber her by the face and fatally wounded Daizie. Daizie was put down last night after consulting with family and the treating veterinarian.
When I called the dog owner, the owner was aggressive and blamed my mom for not protecting Daizie. While she admitted her dog broke its choke collar and attacked Daizie, the owner stated the injuries were probably from the previous attack- and had nothing to do with her dog. When I explained that her dog crushed Daizie's head and that the wounds from the 1st attack were on Daizie's back right side, the owner refused to give any information and essentially told me to f-off.
Animal Control was immediately contacted and a report made.
Mom is literally devastated. Daizie was her best friend and companion- especially giving mom comfort after dad passed away in December. She is overwhelmed with grief, having nightmares again, not sleeping and crying. She missed her "Daizie dog" terribly.
If you feel led to donate something for my mom, that would be appreciated. Every little bit helps. Send along notes as well which I know will help cheer her up.
Turns out mom also broke her arm up around the shoulder joint during the attack (along with her tail bone). Mom is doing well, but sore.
Daizie is almost back to normal. The last of her stitches come out this Friday and she may get out of wearing the "cone of shame" for the first time in almost a month.
Thank you for all of you prayers and support!
Mom's neighbors and I convinced mom that getting away for a good breakfast would be nice since mom clearly needed a break. We had a nice breakfast at Cozy Corner Café which lifted mom's spirits a great deal. For dinner my brother and I took mom to her favorite steak place. Mom's day ended on a good note.
We have an appointment tomorrow with Daizie's regular vet to see how the healing is coming along. Hoping for good news- the cone and the wet/dry bandage is just driving Daizie a little nuts.
Mom is continuing to have fitful sleep and is worried about Daizie. We are looking to see if my aunt could fly out to help while Daizie and mom recover.
Thank you again for all the prayers, donations and support. Mom appreciates all of it and it is a real blessing to her.
Keep praying Daizie stays settled and heals well over the next 3-4 weeks. It is tough to have her in her kennel all the time- but she needs to be almost immobile to allow for healing. It's tough on mom to see her penned up and sad.