North Carolina Handicapped Man Attacked By Dog
Wheelchair-bound Quintus Hooper was traveling to his step-sister's house when a neighborhood boxer ran up to him, jumped on him, and started attacking without warning. Hooper suffers from muscular dystrophy and could not outrun the vicious animal. The dog's owner was breaking the county's leash law.
"I heard it barking, that's all I heard. Until it was right on top of me. Snarling too," the Triad man said.
More than a month later, Hooper is still waiting for the dog bite on his shin to heal completely.
"I was scared, I ain't had nothing to defend myself with I had to sit there, [it] came up to me then grabbed my shin," Hooper told reporters.
This attack was not a surprise to those in the neighborhood, even the dog's owner. Neighbor Tameka Mills saw the attack and reported that the dog jetted out of nowhere as soon as Hooper entered the area. Both Mills and Hooper's family had called the police to complain about a vicious dog in the neighborhood, and noted that the dog had threatened two people n the past. No action was taken against the dog after the calls were made.
When asked about the previous calls regarding an aggressive boxer, Eden Police Chief Gary Benthin admitted that dog ordinances were difficult to uphold, especially concerning leash laws. Although the laws are in place, they are hard to enforce. Benthin also said that no official reports on the dog were ever filed.
The dog's owner, Jessica Dean, admitted that although she keeps the dog on a chain in her yard, the dog regularly broke the chain and wandered loose in the streets. After the dog bite incident, Dean gave her dog to a relative living outside of the city to prevent further attacks or accidents.
Eden is in Forsyth County, which has just amended its dog ordinance laws in order to curb attacks by aggressive dogs. According to North Carolina dog laws, a dog must be ruled vicious in court before it is removed from private property. Benthin told reporters that in his sixteen years in service, he had not seen a dog permanently removed from a home due to aggressive behavior.