UPDATE: Family of Accident Victim Blames 'Dangerous' Dog

By: Jeremy Edwards, Jennifer Rizzi Email
By: Jeremy Edwards, Jennifer Rizzi Email
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UPDATE 11/14/13 @ 6:30 p.m.

PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Dorothy Holloway is grateful to see her granddaughter, Leanza Carr, come home from the hospital alive.

"She's been through trauma...she hasn't been able to eat and she's been on pain pills," Holloway said.

The 14-year-old girl was hit by a car on Route 62 in Black Betsy Monday night. The accident left her with a fractured skull and other injuries.

Family members say Leanza was near traffic because she was trying to help her pet dog, Marmaduke - also hit by a car just moments before.

But they say neither the dog nor the girl would have been near the road if they hadn't been chased there by a neighbor's pitbull.

"The dog attacked her dog, and she was beating the dog off of her dog," Holloway said.

Humane officer Greg Sydenstricker says he's received many complaints about the pitbull, which has killed several other pets in the neighborhood.

"We wrote numerous tickets to the owner of the animal, but he just disregards the law and continues to let the dog run loose," Sydenstricker said. "It's becoming a public nuisance."

Any dog that chases, maims, or kills another animal or person is considered to be 'vicious,' according to Sydenstricker.

He says all owners of vicious dogs are required by law to keep them behind a six-foot fence or on a leash.

But neighbors like Mary Painter say the pitbull's owner doesn't follow those orders. She says the dog ran into her yard and attacked her pet dog as well.

"[Mine] was on a leash, the dog just went for him," she said. "[My] dog didn't have a chance."

But neighbors emphasized they aren't blaming the pitbull. They say the owner is responsible for failing to control the dog.

"It's not the dog's fault, it's his fault," Holloway said. "I would like to see the dog given a decent home where someone will take good care of it."

Humane officers say the pitbull's owner has relocated the dog to a home in Kanawha County. They say he'll have to furnish prosecutors with proof of that move.

Neighbors tell WSAZ.com they're not satisfied. They say the owner has relocated the dog before only to have it returned later.

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UPDATE 11/12/13 @ 6:30 p.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A teenage girl hit by a car Monday night in Black Betsy has been identified.

Family members tell WSAZ.com Leanza Carr, 14, was trying to save her pet dog when a passing car hit her on Route 62. The dog had been hit by another car just moments before.

"The first thing I thought of was, 'is she OK?' " said her uncle, Jonathan Holloway, who lives nearby.

Carr is a freshman at Poca High School. She is recovering in the hospital with a fractured skull and other injuries.

The dog, known as Marmaduke, didn't survive. Holloway says he was just like part of the family.

"[Leanza] was bent over trying to pick the dog up because the dog was still alive at the time," Holloway said. "When she stood up, that's when she was hit by the car."

Neighbors say the accident should be a wake-up call to drivers.

"They don't pay any more attention to kids than they do animals," neighbor Darrell Withrow said. "I see it all the time."

But Holloway says the driver who hit his niece is a close family friend and wasn't speeding. He says there are no hard feelings between them.

"He was really shaken up about it, and it was an accident," Holloway said. "There was nothing anybody could've done to avoid it."

Family members say Leanza doesn't remember much about the accident.

They say she will need to wear a neck brace as she continues to recover.

UPDATE 11/12/13 @ 11:20 a.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A teenager was hit by a car while she was trying to help an injured dog.

The incident happened about 6 p.m. Monday on Route 62 in Black Betsy, in Putnam County.

Firefighters tell WSAZ.com the 14-year-old girl was kneeling down beside the dog that had been hit by another car. The driver did not see the teenager and hit her.

Sheriff's Deputies say the girl is in stable condition. Her name has not been released.

Firefighters say the dog died from its injuries.

PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A woman has been rushed to the hospital after she was hit by a car on Route 62 in Putnam County.

It happened about 6 p.m. Tuesday in Black Betsy.

Firefighters tell WSAZ.com, the woman was kneeling down beside a dog that had been hit by another car.

The driver did not see the woman and hit her.

Her name and condition have not been released.

Firefighters say the dog died from its injuries.

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