One of two pet pit bulls that killed their owner, Deborah Wilson-Roberts.
UPDATE 09/11/12: Autopsy results confirm that Deborah Wilson-Roberts, 45-years old, died of extreme blood loss. Both pit bulls participated in the attack. Her husband, Brian Roberts, left the home for about 20 minutes to take a shower next door -- the Roberts home has "no running water." He returned to find his wife on the floor with one leg nearly "chewed off." The victim was pronounced dead on the scene. No criminal charges are expected against the husband.
09/10/12: Mother Speaks Out
The victim's mother, Patsy Cannon, told KARK 4 News that she had warned her daughter that pit bulls were not good dogs to have as pets. Cannon even told the reporter she felt the dogs would turn on her daughter one day. "I don't feel like she needed the dogs," Cannon said. She added, "I've heard a lot about [pit bulls] and I didn't particularly care for her having the dogs, but when you get to a certain age what are you gonna do?" Cannon now awaits the final autopsy report.
The victim's mother says she had warned her daughter that pit bulls were not good dogs to have as pets. She even told me she felt the dogs would turn on her daughter one day.
"I don't feel like she needed the dogs," said Patsy Cannon.
Cannon is talking about this pit bull which now sits in a Pine Bluff Animal Control cage. It's believed to have killed Patsy's daughter Debra Wilson-Roberts.
"They were protective of her at one time," said Cannon.
But last Friday night a 9-1-1 call came in with a different story. Deputies say they arrived to this home on NCTR Road and could see Debra's body inside, but couldn't get to her, they say the dogs were hovering over her body. A deputy shot and killed one of the dogs, the other was able to be taken in alive ...
Cannon says she tried to warn her only child about owning pit bulls. "I've heard a lot about them and I didn't particularly care for her having the dogs, but when you get to a certain age what are you gonna do." - Arkansas Matters
09/10/12: Dog Was "Real Playful"
New information suggests that only one of the victim's two pit bulls, named Zeus, attacked and killed Deborah Roberts, according to her husband. Thus, there may be an attempt by him to reclaim the other pit bull that was not shot to death on the scene. A friend of the deceased woman, Marla Glover, said the victim "really loved Zeus," and that the dog would "crawl up in her lap and was real playful." Glover blamed the deadly attack on a storm that blew in Friday night.
09/10/12: Previously Attacked Victim
In a story updated late Sunday night, Major Lafayette Woods Jr. told KATV News, "It was a gruesome scene. There was a substantial amount of blood at the scene, also damage to the body that we believe came as a result of the dogs attacking." Additionally, it was the victim who had been attacked by the dogs before, according to her husband. It was unclear to Woods Jr. how substantial her injuries were at that time, but was told she was taken to the ER.
09/09/12: Woman Dies After Dog Attack
Jefferson County, AR - In a developing story, deputies are investigating the death of a 45-year old woman found dead in her home and believe her own pit bulls are to blame. On Friday evening, Deborah Rene Wilson-Roberts was discovered by her husband lying on the floor with "extremely severe" bite injuries on both legs. Deputies believe the dogs may have severed one of the arteries in her legs causing her to bleed to death. The victim was pronounced dead on the scene.
Deputies tell KARK they were called to a home on US 365 around 11:00 p.m. Friday. Her husband, Brian Roberts, told deputies he had left the home for about 20 minutes1 and when he returned, he found his wife, lying on the floor of their home. He could not get to her, however, because their two pit bulls were acting very viciously and would not allow him entrance. (arkansasmatters.com)
The aggressive pet pit bulls also prevented deputies from reaching the victim. Responding deputies shot one dead; the other pit bull was captured by animal control. The victim's husband was quick to point out to deputies that his wife "had previous health problems." An autopsy will be performed to discover the exact cause of this woman's untimely death. Both pit bulls owned by the Roberts had been known to bite humans in the past. More information is expected soon.
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I'll be looking forward to more information, but it's getting really tedious that this kind of thing isn't enough to immediately put the surviving pit bull down. You can examine the brain of a dead undog to see whether it had rabies, there is really no reason to keep it alive.
Never mind this husband who immediately started searching for some reason why it wasn't the genetically engineered monsters that killed his wife. Wonder what other health issues would have spontaneously severed an artery, other than the mental health ones that made them get pit bulls?
Oh, well…clean the blood off the carpet and pump out another litter…
Aw, come on, Sweetie Pie. The dog must be kept alive at all costs. And darn those taxpayers. Because they're just footing the bill.
If the surviving mutant was quickly put down, that would upset the animal rights wack-jobs. And we wouldn't that, now would we?
My favorite comment in the article: "Both pit bulls owned by the Roberts had been known to bite humans in the past."
Gee whiz, that is sure surprisin'! (NOT!)
To Putme Incharge, all I can say is that I greatly respect your diagnosis. Spontaneous exsanguination caused by the choice to own shit bulls. Is this maybe the newest thing for seriously disturbed people after suicide by cop has gone out of fashion?
Now now folks you are so harsh.
Her "medical condition" was spontaneous esxanguination- something one can expect when they keep pit bulls and can be guaranteed when one keeps pit bulls that have already bitten people in the past…..
For those not familiar with that condition-
"Exsanguination (also known colloquially as bleeding out) is the fatal process of hypovolemia (blood loss), to a degree sufficient to cause death. One does not have to lose literally all of one's blood to cause death. Depending upon the age, health, and fitness level of the individual, people can die from losing half or two-thirds of their blood; a loss of roughly one-third of the blood volume is considered very serious- even a single deep cut can warrant suturing and hospitalization, especially if trauma, a vein or artery, or another co-morbidity is involved. It is most commonly known as "bleeding to death". The word itself originated from Latin: ex ("out of") and sanguis ("blood").
Well the latest update to this blog really amazed me.
Here I thought the dogs had previously bitten other people in the past.
Silly me, they had attacked the victim- umm I mean volunteer- previously.
If this is not "lion tamer complex" I don't know what is.
Multiple dogs. Was it another back yard breeding operation? How many pups of these manbiters were sold?
Deputies say it happened while her husband took a shower next door because the couple's home doesn't have running water. – Fox16
These Kooky Nutters aren't just an American Phenomenon…Check out this Russian Pit owner…nearly killed while her husband was hospitalized from a mauling by the same animal…
Real Life Russian SGT Stubby
Yea, the storm, you have to be careful when those blow through! When that happens at our house the Border Collie gets so scared she jumps in bed with us and we're immediately at risk of having her slobber on our pillows.
If we believed everything pit bull owners said about dog behavior, no one would own any dog.
Quoth the victim's mother: "[W]hen you get to a certain age what are you gonna do?"
Well, Mom, you raise loud and screaming bloody hell, that's what you do. I mean, come on. You're the mother. You never, ever stop being concerned for your child's safety. Ever.
"Glover blamed the deadly attack on a storm that blew in Friday night."
I knew there had to be a good reason for someones pets to kill them. Now that the neighbor has explained it I feel much better.
However, I am now going to live in fear of my Collie and Pomeranians every time a storm blows through…..
Why is it I think the other dog is going to get to go back to its owner or to some other "rescuer"?
Update: Autopsy shows the woman died from loss of blood.
Possible Nutter Theory:
Since the home didn't have running water, it's possible the Pit Bulls were thirsty so they drank her blood. They really weren't disloyal or aggressive!
Duh: "We've been told a family member has expressed interest in taking the animal, but the sheriff's office hasn't made a decision on how to move forward, given the dog's involvement in the deadly attack."
Some relative wants to take this dog in? Sounds like stupidity runs in this family.