UPDATE: Pit bull euthanized after mauling West Monroe woman

Laura Ray  |  Photo: Family Photo
Laura Ray | Photo: Family Photo(KNOE)
Published: Jan. 10, 2018 at 7:13 PM CST
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Updated: Fri Jan 12, 2018

The dog that killed Laura Ray this week has been put down, KNOE confirmed Friday afternoon.

Previous Post: Wed Jan 10, 2018

On Tuesday night, Ouachita Parish Sheriff Office said they received a phone call in reference to a woman who had just been attacked by a pit bull.

Laura Ray worked at Happy Hounds Hotel in West Monroe. Deputies said she was mauled to death by a pit bull. The owner of Happy Hounds said they were keeping the dog for the first time. Happy Hounds also said the dog's owner signed a form saying her dog was not aggressive.

Ouachita Parish Police Jury President, Scotty Robinson said the dog will be put down.

"This situation is horrific and awful," he said. "That dog should and will be put down."

Robinson said there is an aggressive animal ordinance in place for vicious animals and pets. He said the law does not apply to businesses though.

"We can't tell a business, no you can't board this type of breed, this type of animal or anything like that," he said.

Happy Hounds said the dog's owner told them that the dog had never done anything like this before. Robinson said there is one thing people need to remember.

"We don't have a specific pit bull ordinance because all pit bulls are bad because they're not all bad," he said.

The pit bull that attacked Ray was picked up by Ouachita Parish Animal Control Tuesday night.

"Anytime a dog attacks, of any breed, it is looked at under a very strong microscope," Robinson said.

He also said it is important for dog owners to know and be honest about how aggressive their dog is.

"We put a leash around it, get it out of the truck and if it shows any aggression, any growling, it is immediately separated and it's watched."

Deputies said this is an on-going investigation and they can not release any specific details on what happened.


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