Middleburg Woman Dies
Middleburg, FL - A 42-year-old woman was fatally mauled by her two pit bulls, which also attacked the victim's son and a sheriff's deputy before both dogs were shot and killed, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office. Tina Marie Canterbury was dead when deputies arrived at the scene. During the attack the other brother called 911 -- the dogs could be heard in the background.
"We have two full-blooded red-nosed pits and they just attacked our mom. We can't get to my mom and my brother just went out there and they attacked him too. They don't need to get out of the ambulance or the dogs will try to get them, too." - WJXT Jacksonville
A family friend, who was at the home at the time, shot at the dogs with a 9mm handgun, but they were still alive and one of them lunged at an arriving deputy before it was shot and killed. The remaining dog got loose. The sheriff's office issued a dangerous dog alert while animal control officers tracked the animal down. The dog was later found in a wooded area and shot and killed.
Authorities said they did not know what circumstances caused the dogs to attack Canterbury. Animal Crimes Detective Annie Henderson said, "This was a responsible owner. These animals never had any history of any type of aggression." The dogs were behind a fence that had a beware-of-dogs sign and the county had never had an animal complaint at the home.
The dogs were two years old and had been raised since puppies by Canterbury.