Woman’s arm won’t be lost

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Fund set up to help dog-attack victim

By Lisa King

A Mount Eden woman is recovering at the University of Louisville from an attack from her pit bull.
But the good news is that family members say that Regena Whitaker will not lose her arm, as had been feared.
Regena Whitaker, 40, and her son, Ronald Hampton, 22, both of Spencer County, were injured when their pit bull attacked them as they were driving down the road near Carriss Grocery.
They had their three dogs, the pit bull and two smaller dogs, in the truck with them when the pit bull went berserk.
Shelby County Sheriff’s Det. Jason Rice said Whitaker and her son had been driving around looking at rental property and that the pit bull had became agitated by some dogs barking in the neighborhood.
The pair, who were being followed by Whitaker’s mother, pulled over at Carriss Grocery in Southville to get help.
June and Vivian Lisby, the store’s owners, assisted in getting them out of the truck and away from the dog.
Whitaker’s sister, Michelle Myatt, said her sister’s husband, Jimmy, was not in the truck at the time.
She said that Hampton’s injuries were not as serious as his mother’s and that his treatment only required him to be stitched up.
But Whitaker will need additional surgeries on her road to recovery, she said.
Myatt said a fund has been set up at Republic Bank for her sister, who was laid off recently and has no insurance.
“Friends, family, and community members can stop by any Republic Bank & Trust Co. and make a donation to assist with the family’s medical bills,” she said.
The dog was taken to the Shelby County Animal Shelter and is expected to be euthanatized, said the shelter’s director, Rusty Newton.