Sunday, August 30, 2009
From left: Kathleen Doyle, Gerald Doyle, Mary Maloney and the two-time biter.
Phoenix, AZ - It was reported on Tuesday that 90-year old Kathleen Jeanette Doyle of Phoenix died July 26, 2009 due to complications suffered after a dog bite. On July 20, a loose American Bulldog1 bit her leg as she was walking home from her friend's house near 41st and Medlock drives. According to the dog's owners, it got out of their backyard because "windy weather" blew their fence down. Police have now opened a homicide investigation into Doyle's death2.
Gerald Doyle, Kathleen's son, said the bite injury required surgery, and his mother's health declined shortly thereafter. Aprille Hollis, a spokeswoman for Maricopa County Animal Care & Control, said the offending dog has since been put to sleep. Hollis also said the dog's owners had been cited in early July after a different dog bite incident involving the same animal. According to Hollis, the dog was quarantined for 10 days before releasing it back to its owners.
The dog was "quick" to bite again, this time leading a person's death.The owners of the dog, who would not appear on camera nor were named in the article, said they were "sorry" for the family's loss. They also said that they are "currently being sued" (presumably by the first July bite victim or by the Doyle family). Meanwhile Gerald and friends of Doyle's, such as Mary Maloney, are devastated at the loss of Kathleen. Maloney told reporters, "I hope that when I get as old as she is, if I make it that far, I can be as strong as she was."
2Doyle's death was coupled with cardio pulmonary disease. With police opening a homicide investigation, final autopsy information will likely be released.
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| 8/30/2009 1:49 PM |
Maricopa County is too busy euthanizing Pit Bulls to bother with an Ambull that is a human biter.
The Humane Society there adopted out the Ambull that killed Tori Whitehurst back in 2007.
They must be breeding some nasty Am Bulls there.
| 8/30/2009 2:15 PM |
This leaves me in tears for this family. First the trauma of the attack, waiting at the bedside and then she dies. What is it going to take to stop this? To hell with the swine flu, this is affecting more lives, why won't they answer to it? It's almost too much to bear. Her children, grandchildren, great grandchildrn, all those people are affected by this one attack.
| 8/30/2009 2:24 PM |
Maripoca has also bought into the "No Kill" agenda. Ed Boks started there and claimed to have made it "No Kill" which, of course, he didn't. Still they hang on to the principles of it.
| 8/30/2009 4:10 PM |
For clarification, in 2007, 4-year old Tori Whitehurst was killed by her family's American bulldog in Maricopa County. The agency that adopted out the dog was the Arizona Humane Society, who reportedly had the animal tested by three different behaviorists:
| 8/31/2009 12:31 PM |
American bulldogs are just pits on steroids. I have yet to meet a single one that is stable. Those dogs are menaces and should be banned right alongside pits. How terrible for this family to have to lose a loved one in this way!