A 66-year-old woman was attacked and killed by two pit bulls while she was on a walk in North Carolina. The tragic indent happened on August 11. Montgomery County Sheriff Chris Watkins said that the woman went for a routine walk and never returned home.
Watkins said: “This is a very tragic event, which has deeply affected the family, friends, deputies, and first responders. Our thoughts and prayers are being extended to all.”
Authorities said that they “searched the neighborhood and located two pit bull dogs with physical evidence reflecting the dogs’ involvement,” after an investigation by medical, as well and animal and wildlife officials, determined that she was attacked by dogs.
Watkins added: “The owner agreed for the dogs to be euthanized so they could be forensically examined to see if they suffered from rabies.” Authorities did not reveal the name of the dogs’ owner but said that the local district attorney office was investigating the incident.
In a separate incident, a Florida man was attacked by his own pit bull on the same day. The dog attacked the owner and his relative in Miami.
A man who witnessed the attack said: “When the dog bit him, [the owner] went to get a towel, but the dog had a taste of his blood. And his granddaddy was outside, and the dog attacked his granddaddy. It tore his face off.”
Paramedics treated one victim of the dog attack on the scene, while another was dispatched to the hospital. The pit bull was taken by animal control officials, and it remains unclear what will happen to the animal.
Pit bulls are “the most abused dogs on Earth,” said PETA. It said: “Pit bulls are left at shelters in record numbers—and since they are difficult to adopt out, reputable shelters (that don’t slam the door in the dogs’ faces) are finding that they must euthanize more pit bulls and pit bull mixes than all other dogs combined.”
Karen Delise, research director for the National Canine Research Council and author of the book “The Pitbull Placebo”, said: “My study of dog bite-related fatalities occurring over the past five decades has identified the poor ownership/management practices involved in the overwhelming majority of these incidents: owners obtaining dogs, and maintaining them as resident dogs outside of regular, positive human interaction, often for negative functions (i.e. guarding/protection, fighting, intimidation/status).”
Delise who has investigated hundreds of dog bite incidents added: “owners failing to humanely contain, control and maintain their dogs (chained dogs, loose roaming dogs, cases of abuse/neglect); owners failing to knowledgably supervise interaction between children and dogs; and owners failing to spay or neuter dogs not used for competition, show, or in a responsible breeding program.”
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