West Monroe, LA – The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office confirmed that a woman died after being severely attacked by a dog at a pet boarding facility in West Monroe. On January 9, about 11:00 pm, deputies responded to the report of an injured person at The Happy Hound Hotel located at 517 Smith Street. Deputies found a female victim at the facility with severe injuries, apparently inflicted by a pit bull housed there. Ouachita Parish Animal Control took the dog into custody.
Scotty Robinson, the Ouachita Parish Police Jury President, confirmed the dog would be put down. “This situation is horrific and awful. That dog should and will be put down,” he told KNOE. The name of the pit bull’s owner has not been released. The animal is now being quarantined at the Ouachita Parish Animal Shelter. The investigation is ongoing, deputies said. – DogsBite.org
factU.S. fatal pit bull attacks have surpassed 370 since 1998; the last year the CDC studied fatal dog attack data by breed. In the last 8-year period of the CDC study (1991 to 1998), pit bulls averaged 3 deaths per year. From 2011 to 2018, the most recent 8-year period, pit bulls averaged 25.5 deaths per year, an increase of over 740%.