53-years old, was savagely killed by her neighbor's two pit bull-mixes.
Criminal Charges Sought
UPDATE 11/17/10: Police said today that they are seeking charges against the owners of the two pit bull-mix dogs that killed a woman who had been in the midst of moving out after the dogs repeatedly broke through her fence. Police Sgt. Jaime Briones said investigators intend to present the case to the Riverside County district attorney's office seeking involuntary manslaughter or neglect charges against the dogs' owner.
11/16/10: Police Confirm Dog Mauling Death
SWRNN.com reports that Sgt. Jaime Briones confirmed the victim's death was due to canine bites in a press release issued today. Briones also stated that a forensic dentist confirmed that the two dogs, described as pit bull-weimaraner mixes, owned by neighbors are the culprits. In addition, the specialist concluded that the victim’s small collie did not cause any of the injuries. The owners of the dogs are not being identified at this time.
11/16/10: Mauling Victim Identified
Moreno Valley, CA - It was reported Monday that Christina Casey, 53, was found dead November 2 at her house in Riverside County. The victim's brother, Bill Casey, said she had complained in the past of two dogs, a pit bull-mix and the other described as "part akita," repeatedly breaking through two fences into her yard. The victim was in the process of moving partly due to the dogs. "In two more days, she'd have been completely out of there," Bill said.
"The detective told us that apparently, sometime during the night, the (neighbor) dogs dug a hole under the fence and got into her yard ... attacked her and killed her," Casey said. "I got the impression from speaking to the detective that they were going to chalk this up to a tragic accident."
His sister had once reported the dogs to city animal-control authorities because they had broken into her yard, Bill Casey recalled. And she had repeatedly phoned the dogs' owner to retrieve the dogs from her yard and to repair the fence, Casey said. (Richard Brooks, The Press-Enterprise)
Another American dead due to horribly insufficient and inept dangerous dog laws.
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Tragic accident??? How could anyone in their right mind call this a tragic accident? Those dogs were acting like predators! And why are the owners' identities being protected? This smells fishy to me. Oh, let me guess — they were precious little puupy dogs that wouldn't hurt a flea! What on earth was she doing to provoke their little angels? These poor owners have been traumatized enough, right?
This disgusts me to no end. She deserves justice. What a horrible horrible way to die. I would like to know about her neighborhood. Why did no one hear her scream? Could it be because the beast went for her throat first? I shudder to think of the terror she must have felt. RIP Ms. Casey.
Wow! These pit bulls / akitas / rottweilers are starting to look like real PREDATORS! (Digging under someone's fence repeatedly and in the middle of the night?) And the country bumpkins out there keep saying that cougars and wolves need to be controlled?
This is a horrible case. It reminds me of the Memphis Betty Lou Stidham case…No one should be afraid to stand in their own double fenced backyard; feel forced to MOVE because the city can't remove KNOWN DANGEROUS DOGS. In the Stidham case, the City of Memphis was sued and they lost…
Let's hope there's a lawsuit in this case, too. Cities need to be put on notice that if they enable criminal behavior, they will be held liable. I don't have to imagine the horror this woman experienced. I've lived through a multiple dog attack. The only difference is that I got lucky. This could just as easily have been me, also after multiple failures of AC and law enforcement. My deep condolences for her family.
The A/C Director wouldn't comment….Obviously, if the situation was bad enough that she was moving, A/C was called numerous times.
Hopefully her family sues them into oblivion. Pit Centric A/C policies fail time and time again