Tuesday, February 5, 2008
UPDATE 2/5/08: Coroner Susan Boone says that toxicology results reveal Amber Strode died from a drug overdose in her home and was not killed by two dogs.
Amber was found dead inside the home she shared with her boyfriend. Two male dogs, described as pit bulls, belonging to the boyfriend were also inside the house. Police said the dogs had severely mauled Strode.
It's our understanding at DogsBite.org that dogs do not attack nonliving bodies. We hope that an additional autopsy is requested by Amber's family.The boyfriend, whose name has not been released, apparently left the home sometime that morning and returned later to find Strode dead in the master bathroom.
1/29/08: Initial Autopsy Inconclusive
It bears repeating that for the third time, in as many months, a similar scenario unfolds: boyfriend owns pit bulls, boyfriend leaves house, boyfriend returns home to find girlfriend attacked by pit bulls. Next we will hear that 22-year old Amber Strode is responsible for her own violent death, just as Kelli Chapman must have had a seizure, which then prompted the pit bulls to kill her.
DogsBite.org stresses that it is all too common "to blame the victim." In human behavior, it is the first step in denial, as well as the first step in disengaging in reality. We see this scenario too frequently in dog attacks.
In the instance of Amber, authorities are still trying to determine whether it was the mauling that caused her death or foul play or both. Toxicology tests and additional studies are pending. It's unclear how long these tests will take, though several weeks seem standard. In the fatality case of Cora Lee Suehead, who was found mauled by a pack of dogs December 4, 2007, test results are still unavailable.
Jane McBride, president of the animal welfare group Illinois Humane, comments that it is unusual for animals to attack the dead:
“For a dog to attack a dead body, either they’re extremely hungry or there’s something else going on here,” she said. “We really need more detail. It’s very odd for an animal to scavenge a dead body.”1/28/08 Central Illinois Woman Killed by Pet Pit Bulls
Springfield, IL - In the third death of it's kind of late -- see: Jennifer Lowe and Kelli Chapman -- a 22-year old woman was fatally mauled by her pet pit bulls. Police are not releasing the woman's name. She was found dead inside her home Sunday afternoon, and authorities have described the scene as gruesome.
Springfield Deputy Chief Clay Dowis says investigators are interviewing a man who lived with the victim, but police believe the woman's death was an accident. Two pit bulls and a puppy were found at the home. The woman's autopsy is scheduled for this week.
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| 1/30/2008 9:08 AM |
First of all whoever wrote this could have been a little more remorseful for the girl. I knew this girl personally and did not need to read some of those descriptive words. You could have been a little more sympathetic.
Second of all, you said and I quote "Next we will hear that 22-year old victim Amber Strode is responsible for her own violent death, just as Kelli Chapman must have had a seizure, which then prompted the pit bulls to tear her to pieces.
I never heard anything yet of a seizure, and I've been checking online constantly. And how would you know what really happened? Even if it was a siezure, how is that her fault???? Those dogs need to be put down regaurdless of fault. Besides there is an overpopulation of dogs and cats anyways.
| 1/30/2008 11:14 AM |
The article states what is already in print. You've already been exposed to the same "descriptive words" elsewhere.
As far as the possible seizure, this statement refers to Kellie Chapman (this is why a link is provided to her story), not Amber Strode: See Kellie Chapman Link
The note about the attack being the victim's fault is stated for the reason that many people "blame the victim." DogsBite.org believes people should fight against the phenomenon of blaming the victim.
It seems you misunderstand this article.
DogsBite.org supports victims. Please read more of our posts so that you better understand this.
| 2/06/2008 11:32 AM |
I could imagine the victim, if overdosing, may have gone into convulsions, which may have triggered the dog attack. Regardless, I think it's bizzare that the dogs would engage in such predatory behavior with an owner. I am not so sure the dogs, who reportedly were well cared for, would be mauling a dead body, it doesn't make sense.
| 2/22/2008 10:34 PM |
Amber Strode died due to cocaine overdose. All damage done by the two dogs was post mortem. The dogs acted like any animal would with a corpse. She was not the owner or the master and had only been living in with these dogs for a short time. The dogs had no loyalty towards her and to them was just, really in the base sense, food that was laying before them. However, they did nothing to her till after she was deceased and that is in the final coroners report
| 4/01/2011 3:48 PM |
There are still questions regarding this death in Sangamon County but the coroner and unqualified pathologist made the call. Now the coroner and pathologist who determined the dogs did not attack until after the death are in legal procedings from other cases that may have been documented incorrectly. This is so sad.
| 4/01/2011 3:58 PM |
This case still remains questionable to me. The coroner and pathologist that handled this case and other cases in this county are now under investigation for incorrect causes of death. Who knows how many were incorrect. Check out Sangamon County Coroner Susan Boone and Pathologist Jessica Bowman. Very interesting how the Pathologist can make this call when she is not certified in this area but claims she is qualified. So sad for all....RIP Amber