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16 thoughts on “2017 Dog Bite Fatality: Woman to Mauled to Death by Pack of Dogs in Modesto, California

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  1. There's one thing that the authorities have gotten right. From the post:

    "The Sheriff’s Office and Animal Control are asking for residents in the area to be careful. If you see any stray, vicious or aggressive dogs in the area, please stay away from them and call Stanislaus County Animal Services at 558-7387, the City of Modesto Animal Control at 552-2470 or the Stanislaus County Dispatch at 552-2468."

    I have lost track of the times I've seen NextDoor posts about some adorable stray that someone has found. And it's a pit bull. Ditto for Facebook. I see similar posts there.

    People, if you see a dog that you don't already know, stay away from it. Call the authorities and let them deal with it. That's why you pay taxes.

  2. The chances that those dogs were "strays" are slim to none. Someone's dogs came home covered in blood, the owner washed them off, and went about their business. I absolutely do not buy this roving band of stray dog story. That's some 3rd world BS.
    This poor, innocent woman was savaged to death and these bloodsoaked mankillers were nowhere to be found? Not likely. If I had to guess, I'd say someone has these dogs and knows what they've done. If that's the case, they're sick.

    This woman, her loved ones, and the citizens of Modesto deserve some answers, and someone needs to be held liable for her death.

    There are KILLER DOGS walking around right now, and God only knows who's next. Or what if they are "strays" and some rescue picks them up and tries to adopt them out to some unsuspecting person or family? That's mind blowingly frightening!

    Thinking of Deborah's family. I pray they get some answers about her horrific death.

  3. K-Hart: I was thinking the same thing. Start with the neighborhood pit owners, in other words, the usual suspects. Check the records for complaints about whose dogs keep getting loose.

  4. We posted it to Facebook, initially not knowing about the GoFundMe page, which celebrates her pit bull advocacy — and now is also using a different top photo. The first photo was vastly worst. What started as a very newsworthy attack, quickly unraveled. The details are sketchy too, about what the dog owner did and did not tell her about the dog's history. Did she know the dog had been legally declared dangerous? The case is still being investigated (he said/she said).

  5. Yes, the puppies are cute–but they're too big of a risk and shouldn't be adopted out! Their parents killed a person! Unbelievable.

  6. responsible dog guy, we state that in the third paragraph… There are a variety of mixed breeds, including doberman-mix, shepherd-mix, Queensland heeler-mix, labrador-mix and pit bull-mix

  7. But all dogs are the same. You can't have breed specific laws. How many times do we have to hear this crap. BSL for the whole country would save many lives and we would have less people dealing with terrible injuries that somehow survived attacks from theses dogs.

  8. Indeed responsibledog guy. Who really benefits from the unchecked proliferation of a kind of dog most people don't want? Backyard breeders, dog fighters and pit rescues.

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