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Jan 17, 2019

Baby Boy Recuperating After Vicious Dog Attack

Four-year-old Ellis Ortiz remains at the K.H.M.H. tonight, recuperating from a vicious dog attack he endured on Sunday, January thirteenth. Ellis was at home in the Lake Independence area when he was attacked and bitten by the landlord’s dog. The child was sitting on the steps, a few feet away from the dog which was tied. Ellis received injuries to his face and back. Police cannot hold the dog owners criminally accountable because they had no fault.  His grandmother, Florence Horne, gave us an update on the child’s condition.


Florence Horne, Grandmother

“He is still swelled up and they made us drop some eye drops in his eye. But he needs help still yet.”


Hipolito Novelo

“Is he moving around?”


Florence Horne

Florence Horne

“Sometimes he moves around but he is still in the pain. My daughter when I got there this morning, she said that the swelling is going down so she opened the eye to drop some drops in there. Today I dropped some eye drops in his eyes. But he gives problems because when you touch it, it hurts.”


Hipolito Novelo

“Is the dog still there at the place?”


Florence Horne

“I don’t know because I hear the man he said that he put it down.”


Hipolito Novelo

“But you are not sure.”


Florence Horne

“No. That is what my daughter told me that the man put him down but I am not sure. I struggle, as I tell the next man, I have my back against the wall. I have a baby in a wheel chair. I need a lot of help. I have a land and if anybody can help me with some assistance, plywood and anything that they can, I would appreciate it. I need to move out from that landlord place and help my daughter get out of that spot because we have a land. If I can get the assistance to build something my children will not have to rent where dogs are. People might say to kill the dog but we can’t kill anyone’s dog. They have to put down the dog. We just need the help.”


Horne can be contacted at cell-phone number 629-4409. Monetary donations can be deposited in Atlantic account number 211751898/

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