Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Dog New to Home
UPDATE 11/14/12: Police Lt. Pat Gengler said that an autopsy found that Brown died from dog bites to her neck from a 140 pound mastiff. She was discovered by her husband at the bottom of the basement stairs in their home. Gengler said the couple took in the mastiff about a week ago from a family member.1 He added that four animal control handlers were needed to contain the animal. The couple's two other dogs, a boxer and pit bull-mix were uninvolved in the attack.
Bristol Kendall Chief Michael Hitzemann noted that that the mastiff was having trouble getting along with one of the other dogs (which is perhaps why it was in the basement?) "I'm not sure we're ever going to find out," Hitzemann said, referring to what prompted the deadly attack. John Ciribassi, a veterinary behaviorist at Chicagoland Veterinary Behavior Consultants chimed in with typical garbage stating that fatal dog attacks are rare, "especially against adults."2
Adults Comprise Nearly Half of All Fatal Dog Attack Victims
So far in 2012, 51% of all fatal dog attack victims have been adults. Just days ago, a 30-year old California woman was killed by one or more dogs. In the 7-year period of 2005 through 2011, 213 Americans were mauled to death by dogs. 54% (116) of these victims were ages 14 and younger. The remaining victims, 46% (97), were adults ages 20 and older. Of the adult category, 16% were ages 20 to 39, 33% were ages 40 to 59 and 51% were ages 60 and older.
11/14/12: Woman Killed by Own Dog
Big Rock, IL - A firefighter found dead in her home on Monday was killed by her dog. Kane County Sheriff’s police Lt. Pat Gengler said an autopsy completed Tuesday showed that Dawn Brown, 44, died from injuries inflicted by one of her dogs, a mastiff. At the time of the incident, Brown was home alone with the mastiff and her two other dogs, a boxer and a pit bull-mix. She was discovered by her husband about 4:15 pm in their home on the 400 block of Jefferson Street.
Brown, along with her husband, was a volunteer firefighter with the Big Rock Fire Protection District -- the same department that responded to the call. Brown also worked full time with the Bristol Kendall Fire Protection District in Yorkville.
2Quoting "experts" like Ciribassi guarantees the propagation of false data, as his comment was clearly one of a personal belief with zero documentation supporting it.
3Video names dog breed a bullmastiff.
10/04/12: 2012 Dog Bite Fatality: Pembroke 'Dog Rescuer' Killed by Own Dogs
09/11/12: 2012 Dog Bite Fatality: Jefferson County Woman Attacked by Own Pit Bulls Dies
09/05/12: 2012 Dog Bite Fatality: Trotwood Senior Citizen Killed by Own Dogs
08/17/12: 2012 Dog Bite Fatality: 23-Year Old 'Dog Rescuer' Mauled to Death by Own Dogs
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| 11/14/2012 11:23 PM |
"A far west suburban firefighter was mauled to death in her home by a 130- to 140-pound dog she and her husband had just taken in to avoid it being put down, authorities said."
One would think a firefighter would know what can happen when you play with fire.
| 11/14/2012 11:53 PM |
You nailed it Putme incharge. These people literally "live and breath" PREVENTION and SAFETY in ways that the vast majority of us can't even imagine. Still, the couple needed to rescue that dog (to save it from being put down)… Did you read what Big Rock Fire Chief John Ruh said? "Brown brought the dog into the fire station last Friday, three days before the attack. 'I came into the station and Dawn had the dog with her at her desk,' Ruh recalled. 'I didn’t like having a dog in the station, but I knew Dawn was trying to socialize it, so I didn’t say anything about it. Maybe I should have.'" Yeah, he certainly should have said something (140 lb dog at her desk). And the couple -- already Nutters mind you -- decided to add a third dog, and at that a monster sized dog, to the household that obviously had some behavioral problems if it was headed for the needle.
| 11/15/2012 12:22 AM |
Brown's death was the 39th US DBRF since November 15th 2011.
Back in the 70's, the US would have 5 DBRFs over an entire year, now we have 5 Pit Bull DBRFs in a single month sometimes.
The Dog Lobby keeps regurgitating stats from the 70's, 80's and 90's to keep the heat off themselves.
This one could have been prevented by a $20 dose of euthasol.
Everyone wants to be Caesar Milan or Victoria Stilwell these days...They are a threat to themselves, their families and everyone around them!
| 11/15/2012 8:47 AM |
Vintage said-"Everyone wants to be Caesar Milan or Victoria Stilwell these days...They are a threat to themselves, their families and everyone around them!"
And that hits the nail pretty squarely on the head.
No doubt this woman thought if "socialized" it and gave it cookies all issues would be resolved.
I am curious to know just what kind of "Mastiff" was involved in this death.
I am seeing more and more Cane Corsos both at dog shows and offered on sites such as Craigslist. We have had a couple try to enroll in a dog class that I sometimes assist with. Entered on the enrollment form as "Mastiffs", refunded their money when they showed up with the dog. I do not doubt they have tremendous appeal to the same people that are attracted to pit bulls.
| 11/15/2012 10:21 PM |
I also wonder what kind of mastiff it was. Cane Corsos, Fila Brasilieros (Brazilian Mastiffs) and Argentine Dogos (Argentine Mastiffs) do seem to becoming more popular. The same is true of Presa Canarios, which is also a mastiff-like dog that looks like a big pit bull.
Why anyone would choose one of those breeds as a pet is beyond me. Filas were specifically bred to attack people, and the others are either fighting breeds or breeds used to catch bulls and other large animals. They're not pets. The people who want them seem to either be trying to enhance their desired 'tough' images or to show off their 'lion taming' skills.
| 11/29/2012 1:01 PM |
My Boston terrier was attacked last Monday by 2 mixed pitbulls in the neighborhood.We came back from his morning routine and he was sniffing a tree, all of a sudden they jump from the owner car and run to us, and I could no saved him.There were no a motivation, they did not even had previous encounters, they just went with their nature. I never had an opinion about pitbulls but since by dog which was really mellow like in this way, now I know this is no good. I can not cope yet, I need to know where to write to let them know about this incident. The dogs went back to their rescue group but next owner must to be aware of this situation, I do not want a humane been hurt. THe family that was taking care of them did not mistreated them or nothing,she loved them and take care of them. I'm devastated and not sure what to
do. His dead deserves a action from my side and I need highlights of people that knows what works better. Thanks