Family Blames Noise
UPDATE 09/04/10: An update from WRCB reveals that the owner of the pit bull was actually Mattie's daughter who did not offer her name in the news report. As suspected, the family (and unnamed pit bull owner) is blaming the brutal attack on "noise" from construction work being done on the home. Back in January, Johnny Wilson was killed by his daughter's six pit bulls. That daughter (also unnamed) suggested the attack was due to her father's "loud" voice.
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09/04/10: Sheriff: "No Reason" for Attack
Sheriff Joe Guy said that Daugherty's pit bull "attacked her for no reason." Guy's language is unsurprising; pit bulls were selectively bred for unpredictable explosive aggression. A critical question, however, is the length of the attack -- from the time the dog clamped down on the victim to the time it was shot dead and released the victim. The answer would help readers understand the unique traits a pit bull displays when it attacks. Was the episode 8 minutes, 16 minutes?1
But Saturday morning that changed. Guy says Daugherty, her family, and a neighbor were doing work on Daugherty's house at 151 County Road 492 near Etowah. Daugherty went inside, while her family worked outside. That's when Guy says the pit bull jumped on the woman and wouldn't let go.
Her family found her inside, with the dog standing over her. They couldn't get close, so a neighbor tried to shoot the pet.
"Unfortunately that didn't work," Guy said. "Our officers arrived and they also fired their weapons to try to get the dog to release and it would not."
Officer Randy Gabrel finally got the dog away, and Officer Tim Davis fired additional shots and killed it. They then tried to rescue Daugherty, but it was too late. (Jana Barnello, NewsChannel9.com)
2010 Fatality Update
DogsBite.org has recorded 24 U.S. dog bite fatalities so far this year. Pit bulls are responsible for 67% (16). This is the same percentage recorded at the end of July (See: Mid Year Results: U.S. Dog Bite Fatalities from January 1 to July 22, 2010). In the past 16 days, there have been 5 U.S. fatal dog attacks, 4 involving pit bulls: Tracey Payne, 46-years old (GA), Jerry Yates, 69-years old (CA), Jason Walter, 7-years old (IL), Taylor Becker, 4-years old (WI) and Mattie Daugherty (TN).
09/04/10: Victim: Mattie Daugherty
Etowah, TN - In a developing story, an elderly woman was mauled to death by her pet pit bull. Sheriff Joe Guy said that 85-year old Mattie Daugherty of McMinn County was killed after her 9-year old pit bull attacked her inside her home. Prior to police arriving, a neighbor shot the dog, but the animal continued its brutal assault. Arriving officers fired multiple shots into the pit bull finally killing it. Daugherty died on scene due to the devastating injuries inflicted by her pet.
08/26/10: 2010 Fatality: Mountain Ranch Man Mauled to Death by Two Pit Bulls
08/21/10: 2010 Fatality: Tracey Payne, 46, Killed by Pack of Pit Bulls in South Macon
07/25/10: Mid Year Results: U.S. Dog Bite Fatalities from January 1 to July 22, 2010