Hundreds of people came together to raise money to help Zainabou Drame and her family pay her medical bills.
This was also the first meeting for the Drame family and the first responders who saved Zainabou from a vicious pit bull attack.
“I just want to thank them and hug them. I don’t know. It’s just like, what do you do? Someone is like a hero to your child,” said Zainabou’s mother, Tanina Drame.
Video was shown of that horrific day in Westwood when Zainabou, 6, was attacked by two pit bulls. The first responders were just as anxious to meet Zainabou and her family as she was to meet them.
“It kind of warms your heart. You see her. She’s smiling. She’s running around, playing with dolls. Seeing her like that now, what a kid should be doing, you definitely can’t help but smile,” Officer Kyle Strunk said.
The officers first on the scene received awards for what they did and Officer Michael Bricker was commended for keeping Zainabou’s airway open until paramedics arrived.
Also honored were the firefighters and paramedics who kept Zainabou alive while on her way to Cincinnati Children’s hospital.
“I think possibly the greatest testimony of what the people of Cincinnati have is the teamwork that we saw saving little Zainabou,” Cincinnati firefighter Doug Stern said.
As the police, firefighters and Children’s Hospital were all praised, the night belonged to Zainabou, who continues to wow us all, especially her mother.
“Oh my God. I’m very, very proud of her. I love her too much,” Tanina Drame said.
Tanina Drame is overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and appreciates the money raised. She said her daughter’s medical bills are nearing $1 million.
There was no immediate word on how much money was raised Friday night.
Emerald White wants compensation for injuries she suffered while trying to restrain her animals
The brutal death of Bailey, a much loved beagle, was bad enough for Steve Baker but he did not bargain for a million dollar writ from the owner of the four pitbulls who killed his pet.
However, Emerald White wants compensation for the injuries she suffered when she went to retrieve her dogs.
Bailey was “shaken like a rag doll” during last month’s attack in Texas City, Texas when the pit bulls burst through a hole in the fence separating the two properties.
According to court documents Ms White was “seriously injured” when she was “unexpectedly and viciously” attacked when she tried to retrieve her animals.
As a result, she now suffers from “fear anxiety and trepidation”.
Bailey was a 10-year-old beagle and loyal canine companion to the Mr Baker and his family including two young daughters.
His only transgression appears to have been to have aroused the ire of Ms White’s pit bulls.
But, at least the law suit, Bailey should have been confined in a secure enclosure – rather than being allowed to wander around his own back yard.
Mr Baker told the Galveston Daily News that he was stunned by the writ.
“I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “Everyone was telling me to sue her, but I decided not to because it won’t bring Bailey back.”
The four pit bulls, meanwhile, have been declared “dangerous dogs” by the local authority, which means they have to be confined to a secure enclosure with a six feet high fence.
Ms White could not be reached for comment.
AURORA | By a 2-to-1 margin, Aurora voters say they don’t want pit bulls to return to the city, based on early returns.
With more than 70,000 votes counted across Adams and Arapahoe counties so far, voters have overwhelmingly said no to Aurora ballot question 2D, which would lift the city’s 9-year-old ban on the dogs.
In Arapahoe County, 68 percent of voters said no. In Adams County, 63 percent voted against lifting the ban.
Aurora officials agreed July 14 to ask voters to repeal the city’s decade-old ban on pit bulls (File photo by AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)The issue has been extremely contentious for years in Aurora, but especially since the city council pitched the question to voters. The issue has drawn national attention, from both critics and proponents of the ban.
Colleen Lynn, a supporter of breed bans and founder of the group dogsbite.org, said she was happy with the outcome in Aurora, but a bit surprised by the margin of victory for the ban.
“I didn’t expect it to be this big,” she said.
Lynn said that while pit bull supporters are often very public and vocal in their support for the breed, there are many people who oppose the breed but don’t want to speak publicly about it.
“We believe that the majority of Americans do not want to live next door to a pit bull period. And that is usually a very silent majority,” she said.
Lynn said that’s why her group supports ballot measures like Aurora, because they give people a chance to privately voice their concerns about the animals.
Under the city’s current rules, three breeds of dogs commonly recognized as pit bulls — American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers and Staffordshire bull terriers — are banned within the city limits. When city council first enacted the ban in 2005, there were 10 breeds barred from the city, but council in 2011 softened the ban to just three breeds and gave owners a chance to have their dog DNA-tested to prove whether they were in fact a banned breed.
Dogs who were already in the city at the time of the ban were allowed to stay if their owners paid a registration fee and followed certain restrictions.
According to the city’s numbers, about 90 registered pit bulls remain in the city, down from about 500 when the ban took effect. The city has euthanized more than 1,100 restricted-breed dogs since the ban.
Opponents of the ban have argued that the law should focus on irresponsible dog owners as opposed to specific breeds.
But supporters of banning the dogs, which include the city’s Animal Care Division, have said pit bulls are more dangerous than other breeds and should be barred from Aurora. Plus, opponents say, because Denver and other cities have similar bans, Aurora would become a dumping ground for dogs barred from other cities.