Dog Attack Ordinance

June 26, 2018 Last Updated: June 26, 2018

On Saturday, June 16,  57-year-old, Ronnie Bell was attacked by 3 loose and dangerous dogs near his home in Southwest Dallas.

Ronnie Bell’s mother, Lilli Burnett spoke about the ordeal, “It’s not easy it scared me oh my God. I have not rest all week.”

Lilli Burnett is mentally and physically exhausted—she has been by her son’s side ever since the incident.

“He is awake now, he was in a coma and they had him on life support because he had to have 14 pints of blood in him because  he but bleed to death,” said Burnett.

According to Burnett, Bell was walking home that night around 10 p.m. when dogs attacked him one street away from his house.

A Dallas Animal Services spokeswoman said that the dogs got out of the homeowner’s yard through an open gate.

Burnett said her son tried to fight off the dogs with a pocket knife but still got badly bitten on his legs, he needed many surgical staples to close the wounds.

It is the latest example of the problem with loose and dangerous dogs, especially in the Southwest Dallas.

In 2016 an Army veteran Antoinette Brown died after a pack of loose dogs attacked her at Fair Park. In April of this year, a woman was malled by a pack of dogs in South Dallas but survived.

The Dallas Animal Services director said that too many owners are avoiding tickets for dogs that are declared dangerous by simply surrendering the animals. Under the new ordinance, he is pushing for officers to be able to pursue misdemeanor charges against the owners of any loose dog that bites anyone.

Burnett hopes it passes, and it looks like it will even though it is too late to help her son.

“I tell him I love him, he says I  love you too mama,” said Burnett.

The dogs that attacked Bell were surrendered by the owner and euthanized. The owner was cited for failure to microchip, alter, and vaccinate the dogs. But not for the attack itself.

Dallas City Council will vote on the ordinance on June 27.