A dog that was kept at the Houston area nursing facility attacked a 92-year-old woman with advanced Alzheimer’s at the Village Green Alzheimer’s Care Home.
Not only once but Norma Graves was attacked twice by the dog, first on February 12 then on February 22. Houston attorney Mike Kerensky said, “This dog was untrained and was allowed to just roam the halls, go into the kitchen and the common area and sleep on the couches.”
“It was living there unsupervised and untrained. You don’t have to be a medical person, or nurse or dog trainer to know that is ridiculously dangerous.”
On February 12, the dog allegedly bit Norma’s nose. Mike said that the nursing made a false report about the incident and didn’t even notify Norma’s family.
“They prepared a false report saying they didn’t know how she got the injury on the side of her nose and didn’t notify her family,” he alleges. “If they called the family and said the dog jumped up and bit or scratched her nose, the family is quite confident they would have removed her from the home immediately.”
But ten days later, the dog attacked the woman again when she tried to pet it. “The dog was sleeping on a couch and Norma walked up and gently pet the dog,” he says. “The dog leaped up and got a hold of her face and took her straight to the ground. When it was over Norma had lacerations all over her face. One of the dog’s canine teeth punctured right below her right eye. it was so close to her eye they couldn’t stitch it up.”
Norma had multiple stitches after she was taken to the hospital. Mike says that Norma couldn’t remember what has happened to her and got scared of seeing herself in the mirror.
“She couldn’t remember what happened to her,” he says. “She didn’t know who to be afraid of. She didn’t remember how her face became torn to shreds. She is afraid of everybody.”
“The family had to cover up all the mirrors and draw the window curtains so she didn’t see her face….you have to constantly be with her. It has been a rough row to hoe for Norma.”
According to ABC13, Village Green wrote in a statement, we are “deeply saddened by the incident at our Tomball Community which was an accident caused while the resident was playfully engaging with our puppy Charlie.”
“We received the puppy ‘Charlie’ from his previous owner after she was assured that he was a great joy and comfort to the residents,” the statement reads. “Our pets are companions and for social comfort, not ‘service animals.’”
Village Green called statements previously made by Kerensky as “exaggerated and unsubstantiated.”
“We understand the gravity of the accident and have duly responded at every step to act as appropriate and to continue to do the right thing for Ms. Graves, her family and Charlie.”
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