Feb 28, 2013 Victim of severe pit bull mauling left with expenses

Bloomington - Criminally negligent pit bull owner SHANIE DOSS is being charged with reckless conduct with possibility of causing great bodily harm, a Class 4 felony after she allowed her pit bull to escape her house and attack two people.

In Illinois a class 4 felony calls for incarceration between one and three years and ordinarily provides for fines of up to $25,000.  However, only a small proportion of convicts actually do prison time with most receiving suspended prison sentences and probation.

And yet another irresponsible pit bull owner forces the victim to pay for her own horrific mauling in every conceivable way.

There is the life altering injury.  After $73,000, and extended hospital stay in December, two surgeries, the first one lasting four hours, with more to come, Connie Ijams still has no feeling in her arms.

Then there's the emotional consequences.  She is naturally jumpy after having gone through such a harrowing experience.  “I’m just always really nervous,” she said. “I drop things. I shake. I have nightmares. I still cry. I’m in pain constantly..."

And there's the actual monetary expenses.  While insurance has paid for some of it, Connie and her husband Scott must do their own fundraising to pay for the mounting medical expenses.

Here are the details:

**********What: Benefit for Scott and Connie Ijams*********
When: 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday March 3
Where: The Eagles Aerie No. 527, 313 S. Main St., Bloomington
Highlights: Bands; food; silent auctions and drawings with all proceeds going to cover medical expenses

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