Ha Mui’s family was very thankful to the neighbors and the police who helped their father whom they thought would have died if it weren’t for the swift response of the neighbors. They were unaware of the incident at first because their father did not have any identification or cell phone with him when the paramedics rushed him to the hospital.
Mui’s daughter, Anh Le, recalled that she kept calling four different hospitals that day to find any reports of a lost elderly man. “I finally called the police and then an hour later they called me back and told me that he was at the Memorial Hermann in downtown.”
Ha Mui lost a lot of blood and received several injuries in his body including his jaw. Reconstructive surgery was also performed on his ears and would require several surgeries down the road.
His family was able to talk to him on his hospital bed via Zoom three days after the incident. “He wanted to talk and tried hard to tell me something, but he couldn’t,” Anh Le said. “It’s hurting a lot when I see my Dad just lay there.” She said that her father is retired and has picked up photography as a hobby and has offered his services for free.
The incident is being investigated and the dogs are under quarantine for 10 days at the Harris County Animal Services. The dogs’ owner was questioned by the police and could face criminal charges.
Off-leash and unmuzzled Pit Bulls may certainly pose a danger, especially when they are not properly trained nor socialized well. A similar incident happened in another neighborhood in Detroit and the victim turned out to be a child. Pit Bulls were notorious for biting incidents, sometimes fatal. Pit Bull owners are always encouraged to train their pooches well and leash them with muzzles while bringing them outdoors.