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Grandfather Loses Both Legs and Most of His Fingers After Being Mouthed by Dog That Caused His Brother’s Death

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When 46-year-old Barry Harris of Essex, England, went through a rough break-up in May, he thought a canine companion would help bring some light back into his life. After seeing an ad on Facebook for a striking Akita available in London, Harris rustled up the £1,500 (around $2,000) asking price and brought “Ted” home.

What he didn’t know was that he had only seven weeks before heartbreak would turn into heart failure, and all because of Ted.

After having the dog for less than two months, Harris tried to remove a bone from Ted’s teeth and the dog bit him, according to the Daily Mail. Apparently, the dog was generally referred to as a “big softie,” according to The Independent, but was known to have food aggression issues.

Over the next three days, Harris developed many concerning symptoms, including headaches and cold sweats, signs that a violent infection was tearing through his body. Eventually, his heart failed and he passed away.

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At first, no one really seemed to know why Harris had died. When Harris’ brother-in-law, 62-year-old Mark Day, took Ted in at the request of his wife Pauline (Harris’ sister), he certainly didn’t know it was Ted who had caused his brother’s passing — but he would find out the hard way.



It was on the day of Harris’ funeral that Day was walking Ted and was bitten, however inadvertently. He said that Ted had been on his best behavior, so he went to praise him, and the dog mouthed him rather roughly.

“Ted had been really good so I gave him a treat and was telling him he’s a good boy,” Day recalled, according to Yahoo News. “He had his head back loving the attention and then he just opened his mouth and put it around my hand.

“Ted didn’t even bite me. He just broke the skin on both sides. By Sunday, I remember laying in bed with uncontrollable shivers. Pauline took my temperature and it was 39C [102.2 Fahrenheit]. The next thing she was on the phone trying to get an ambulance. I just thought it was the flu. I never thought for a minute it was linked to Ted. It’s just mind-numbing.”

Day ended up experiencing a variety of life-threatening conditions after Ted roughed him up. He went into cardiac arrest. He had multiple organ failure. He had to be resuscitated twice and was eventually placed in a coma for 10 days.

He had to have both legs and most of his fingers amputated, and spent a total of 82 days at Colchester Hospital after arriving on Aug. 22.



The grandfather was in such distress from his condition that he was actually happy to see his legs go.

“I knew they’d need to amputate my legs the first time I was there looking at them,” he said, according to Yahoo News. “It was like a hideous nightmare. My feet were black almost a third of the way up. All I was thinking was that it’s like laying in a coffin looking at your dead body.

“I was so pleased when they said my legs were coming off. I thought, ‘Get them off and move on.'”

And all because, through no fault of his own, Ted was harboring a dirty little secret: Capnocytophaga canimorsus — a bacteria that can live in dog and cat mouths without harming them, but can cause sepsis in humans who have close contact with them, according to the CDC.

After speaking with medical professionals, the difficult decision was made to euthanize Ted.

“It meant a lot to Pauline to keep him,” Day said of the initial decision to take Ted in. “It was the last little bit of Barry. I decided to take him because it meant so much to Pauline.

“We didn’t have a clue that Barry died because Ted bit him. We never gave it a thought. I don’t blame Ted. It’s just one of those things, isn’t it. It’s a sad old situation.”

Though he’s missing some digits and limbs, Day hasn’t let the ordeal get him too down. He still plans to go out with his family and keep up his hobbies — he even plans on getting another dog, though he wants to ensure it’s from a reputable source and fully vetted this time.

“I’m fairly pragmatic about most things,” he said. “It is what it is. I could lay in a corner and turn into a puddle but that’s not going to happen. There are things I want to do still. I want to take my granddaughter for a walk, and I’ve definitely got to go fishing.

“I’m going to get a puppy. It’s probably going to be a cocker spaniel. The bite won’t make a difference to me. I’ve got no fear of seeing a dog.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Stranger Saves Teen Hit by Car, Then Disappears After Rescue

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Lily Irigoyen, 14, from Escondido, California, was headed to Westfield North County Mall with a friend to do some shopping on May 23 when Irigoyen’s life was turned upside down.

As she was crossing a street — using a crosswalk — a driver failed to stop at a stop sign and hit the teenager. She immediately blacked out.

Two other drivers saw what had happened and raced to help. Police later said that a female good Samaritan called 911 and contacted Irigoyen’s family using her cell phone, and a man performed CPR on the teen’s lifeless body — an act that would later turn out to have made all the difference.

The girl’s mother, Isabel Torres, remembers getting the call that broke her heart.



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“Her dad called me that she was in an accident and she was airlifted to the hospital,” she told KNSD.

Irigoyen had suffered a long list of serious injuries, including a damaged kidney, a broken arm, a broken leg, a broken hip and a punctured lung. Worst of all, she had also suffered a brain injury.

For three weeks, the teen was in a coma. Even after coming out of it, she had to stay at the hospital for six months, recovering. She finally made it home in August, and her mom has hope that she will recover.

“We’re getting there,” Torres told KNSD. “With time, I think she’s going to get better and better.”

Police later said that, while the driver who hit the teen was determined to be at fault, no criminal charges were made.

After a recent checkup, Irigoyen has a new goal: To find and thank the good Samaritan who saved her life.

“The doctor told her that everything that happened and she mentioned that, thanks to the person that assisted at the accident with the CPR, she always had air to her brain and for that main reason, they saved her life,” Torres explained.

“I just like felt, like happy, just the fact that someone had that kindness in their heart to help me was nice,” Irigoyen added. “I just want to say how grateful I am … that they helped me and that I’m alive now because of them.”



The man is believed to be a dental surgeon, according to KGTV, though he has not yet been identified or stepped forward.

“I think they’re angels,” a teary Torres told KGTV. “God put them there for a reason … I think it’s a great time to find them, and tell them what a great thing they did … What they did was just amazing.”

“They saved me!” said Irigoyen. “They’re the reason I’m here right now … I would just hug them. No words to express how thankful I am.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Lily Irigoyen, 14, from Escondido, California, was headed to Westfield North County Mall with a friend to do some shopping on May 23 when Irigoyen’s life was turned upside down. As she was crossing a street — using a crosswalk — a driver failed to stop at a stop sign and hit the teenager. She immediately blacked out. Two other drivers saw what had happened and raced to help. Police later said that a female good Samaritan called 911 and contacted Irigoyen’s family using her cell phone, and a man performed CPR on the teen’s lifeless body — an act that would later turn out to have made all the difference. The girl’s mother, Isabel Torres, remembers getting the call that broke her heart. “Her dad called me that she was in an accident and she was airlifted to the hospital,” she told KNSD. Irigoyen had suffered a long list of serious injuries, including a damaged kidney, a broken arm, a broken leg, a broken hip and a punctured lung. Worst of all, she had also suffered a brain injury. For three weeks, the teen was in a coma. Even after coming out of it, she had to stay at the hospital for six months, recovering. She finally made it home in August, and her mom has hope that she will recover. “We’re getting there,” Torres told KNSD. “With time, I think she’s going to get better and better.” Police later said that, while the driver who hit the teen was determined to be at fault, no criminal charges were made. After a recent checkup, Irigoyen has a new goal: To find and thank the good Samaritan who saved her life. “The doctor told her that everything that happened and she mentioned that, thanks to the person that…

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Brian Laundrie’s Parents Flee Florida Home as ‘For Sale’ Sign Appears Outside

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Brian Laundrie’s parents may be looking for a new place to live after weeks of scrutiny on the couple.

Their North Port, Florida, home now has a “For Sale by Owner” sign in the front yard, according to the New York Post.

The house became the site of a media circus, with outlets looking for answers in the death of Laundrie’s fiancee Gabby Petito and the whereabouts of Laundrie himself.

Petito’s remains were found at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Laundrie was found dead at the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, Florida in October.

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Laundrie’s lawyer announced that he had died by suicide, with a gunshot wound to the head.

As for Chris and Roberta Laundrie, rumors ran rampant that they knew the whereabouts of their son, who was the sole murder suspect in Petito’s death.

The Post reported that neighbors took advantage of the Laundrie couple having the spotlight, with some even renting their front yards to media outlets for up to $3,500 a week in order to pester the pair around the clock.

No charges have been filed against the parents, but their “lack of cooperation” at times during the investigation may have created unnecessary obstacles, according to a North Port police spokesman last month.

According to WNBC-TV, authorities mistook Roberta Laundrie for her son as she drove his Mustang home at the beginning of the manhunt, a move viewed as part of the parents’ resistance to complying fully with investigators early on.

“Other than confusion, it likely changed nothing. We just wanted people to better understand why we thought we knew Brian was in his home,” North Port Police spokesman Josh Taylor said Oct. 29, the outlet reported.

The family’s attorney, Steve Bertolino, has remained firm that his clients fully complied with the investigation, but was talking with law enforcement in November, WFLA-TV reported.

Still, there is no indication as of now that the parents will have charges against them.

If the couple decides to leave their home, they might want to consider changing their names and buying fake mustaches to protect their identity.

Based on the attitude of their current neighbors, it would not be surprising if they were met with hostility wherever they choose to move.

For now, the toughest task will be finding a new owner for the property, which has now become a symbol for one of the most highly followed crime stories of the century.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Brian Laundrie’s parents may be looking for a new place to live after weeks of scrutiny on the couple. Their North Port, Florida, home now has a “For Sale by Owner” sign in the front yard, according to the New York Post. The house became the site of a media circus, with outlets looking for answers in the death of Laundrie’s fiancee Gabby Petito and the whereabouts of Laundrie himself. Petito’s remains were found at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Laundrie was found dead at the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, Florida in October. Laundrie’s lawyer announced that he had died by suicide, with a gunshot wound to the head. As for Chris and Roberta Laundrie, rumors ran rampant that they knew the whereabouts of their son, who was the sole murder suspect in Petito’s death. The Post reported that neighbors took advantage of the Laundrie couple having the spotlight, with some even renting their front yards to media outlets for up to $3,500 a week in order to pester the pair around the clock. No charges have been filed against the parents, but their “lack of cooperation” at times during the investigation may have created unnecessary obstacles, according to a North Port police spokesman last month. According to WNBC-TV, authorities mistook Roberta Laundrie for her son as she drove his Mustang home at the beginning of the manhunt, a move viewed as part of the parents’ resistance to complying fully with investigators early on. “Other than confusion, it likely changed nothing. We just wanted people to better understand why we thought we knew Brian was in his home,” North Port Police spokesman Josh Taylor said Oct. 29, the outlet reported. The family’s attorney, Steve Bertolino, has remained firm that his clients fully complied with the investigation, but was…

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