WEST MONROE, La. - UPDATE (1/14/2018):
New details have emerged about a pit bull attack that left a Ouachita Parish woman dead.
Family members said that it has been confirmed that Laura was attacked and killed by a single Pit Bull at the Happy Hound Hotel in West Monroe.
Happy Hound Hotel is a pet boarding facility where Laura worked.
Family members said investigators were able to confirm the attack by viewing video camera footage inside the facility.
They released a statement saying, "On behalf of Laura Ray family I would like to say that we are devastated by the tragic loss of Laura. She was loved by so many and will be deeply missed. It has been confirm that Laura was in fact attacked by a pitbull and the animal was never provoked or mistreated by Laura in any manner. This is truly a tragedy that we are still asking "why did this happen?". We want to thank our community for your prayers, generosity, and the out pouring of love that has been shown to our family. We ask that you please continue to pray for our family, especially Laura's 4 children."
Right now it's unclear if Laura's family plans on taking legal action.
A Facebook Fundraiser has been created to help Laura's four children, including a 17-year-old daughter, she left behind.
To donate visit the page here-- https://www.facebook.com/donate/550792001945749/
UPDATE (1/12/18): The pit bull involved in the fatal attack that took place on Tuesday has been euthanized.
According to District Attorney Steve Tew, the owner of the dog gave consent to having the dog euthanized.
"This is a sad ending to an unimaginable tragedy," says Tew.
HOW CAN IT HAPPEN: Staci Choate, a Registered Veterinary Technician, said many things can cause a dog to respond violently. However she said those traits are learned. "It's what they're taught, even if they were raised as we saw in the Michael Vick case, they were raised and taught to fight."
Choate states that if you are getting attacked there are a few things you can do to protect yourself, "Make a big noise, yell at them, scream at them, jump up and down, do something that will scare them away. If you have something in your hand, throw it just get their attention off of you."
Pit Bulls are a form of Terrier and that means they come packed with a lot of enthusiasm. "Terrier's in themselves are high energy, they're very active, they're people pleasers, they want to be with their family. That's why we see a lot of trouble with Pit Bull Terriers because they are [such] a people pleasing breed, that they do whatever their people want them to do," Choate said.
Choate confirms that dogs often act out of fear.
Louisiana dog biting law state that a dog is vicious if it's aggressive, inflicts serious injury, or kills a human after already being previously determined to be dangerous.
Ouachita Parish currently has no ordnances that defines any dog as being vicious.
Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating after a woman was killed by a pit bull at a local pet boarding facility.
According to the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to the report of an injured person at Happy Hounds Hotel located at 517 Smith Street in West Monroe around 11:00 p.m. on January 9, 2018.
Deputies found a female victim at the location who appeared to have been severely injured by a pit bull dog that was being housed at the location.
According to a family member, Laura Williams Ray, mother of three children, was the woman who was killed Tuesday night.
The dog was released to Ouachita Parish Animal Control.
The investigation is continuing.
This is a developing story. We will update this article as more information becomes available.
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