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24 thoughts on “2021 Dog Bite Fatality: 91-Year Old Woman Killed by a Pet Rottweiler While Living at Her Daughter's Home

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  1. She was killed by a dangerous breed canine on only one of her 33,215 days of her existence.
    How about dangerous breed canines are banned out of existence, so that she and others can have a nice life on earth, instead of having to undergo gruesome, heart-wrenching, painful martyrdom from life on earth, to the perfect victims’ afterlife? Too much to ask.

  2. Just put the damn dog down already.

    What’s the point of an investigation? To help the doggie rescue angels feel good about themselves?

  3. There are a lot of questions here. Was she left unattended with a vicious dog. My experience with Rottweilers is they are either nice dogs or they are vicious dogs.
    What was this dog’s temperament.like? Just curious.

  4. I recently spoke with a veterinarian who recalled a conference he attended. When a slide of a Rottweiler came up on the screen, almost 300 vets said out loud, “Never trust a Rottweiler.” They’re very deceptive. We don’t see as many attacks because they’re much more expensive than pit bulls. They grew in popularity after the “Carl” children’s book series. It was a travesty to see the author’s ignorance lead to a huge misconception about this breed. The first dog attack story I covered as a journalist was about a boy who was ripped to shreds by two of them as a bus load of children watched. I will never forget those parents and their beautiful boy.

  5. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again.

    Rottweillers are good for protection work until they get older and most are riddled with arthritis by age six. They *are not stable pets*.

    They should never, ever be around the elderly, disabled or children without letter-perfect obedience with the person who is their primary handler controlling them because they are what used to be known as, “one man dogs”. This means giving them away only exacerbates any poor behaviours they exhibit.

    Most of them now are bred out of puppy mills, making them even more dangerous.

    I know, in this day and age when so many older people are forced by finances and health care concerns to double up with other family members that this is just going to keep happening because fools think their pitbulls, mastiffs Rotts, Malinois etc are somehow “safe” to be around they elderly. They aren’t.

    If they aren’t going to get rid of the dog, then they need to take household management seriously. That doesn’t just mean granny is not alone with the dog–it means the dog has no physical access to granny *under any circumstances*.

    Rottweilers show all kinds of signs usually that they are going “off”. This includes fence barking, protecting property or people, guarding food/toys, moving more slowly, exhibiting prey stalking etc. Ignore any protection behaviours at your own, or your elders/children’s peril.

    It’s too often ends in tragedy when someone picks their dog over their aging parent.

    • Nah I think malinois are ok and fairly stable, at least the ones in Europe are. My mix is part tervuren (which is effectively the same breed as malinois here just a different coat type) and she’s fine with my family members, never showed any aggression whatsoever towards known people and loves my parents especially. Shes even good with my cats.

      I wouldn’t trust her with strangers and she’s very distrustful of new people but that’s pretty normal for her breed mix and she’s never left unsupervised with or handled by strangers anyway.

      I honestly don’t understand how so many dogs maul their owners, I’m thinking it’s the people who physically punish their dogs that must get mauled when the dog gets fed up with being abused. Even the dangerous breeds must have a good reason to bite the hand that feeds them, surely?

      • No, these dogs don’t have any justification for killing. They kill because they are killers. The owners didn’t abuse them.

    • You are so right about not trusting these dogs around people or pets, or mostly anyone! That’s why I have been trying to teach my children that they are unsafe so when I get old and need to go live with them, I can die from natural causes in my sleep instead of in the mouth of a vicious shark with legs! After seeing the years and years of data and stories about the victims of these dogs and its apparent lack of results the only logical thing to do is to start teaching the young women who seem to be targeted by the breed advocates before they are old enough to be influenced by these people who have no concern for their lives! Hopefully teaching them pit bulls are killers of other pets and children will make adults who aren’t fooled by the lies! I truly don’t think anything else will work because for 19 years or so this information has been available and I still read a post on Cesar Millan’s blog asking for help with a pit bull that a young woman had adopted acting aggressive toward her! I suggested she see a behavior specialist and then was attacked by a pit bull advocate! I guess even suggesting that the next victim seek professional help is more criticism than they can tolerate for their wonderful vicious pitties!

  6. One of the male Rottweilers at doggy school years ago showed explosive aggression toward animals. The owner made minor corrections after the fact.

    One of the male Rottweilers in doggy school now growls a lot but has good handlers. Their female Rottweiler is so physically unsound that she couldn’t attack.
    She has knee problems and cannot sit at all. Her problem is apparently something unusual.

    I heard that years ago a Rottweiler killed his owner in an animal behaviorist’s reception area.

    • Not surprised by any of that Rachel. I’m seeing more and more physically compromised Rotts. They’re genetic wrecks.

      They’re now riddled with hip dyplasia, leg joint misalignments, breathing problems–basically many of the same overbred/inbred traits as their cousins, English Bulldogs.

      A dog that’s in pain all the time struggles to learn and can be cranky and aggressive, just like people.

      Why people keep breeding trashy dogs just to look a certain way instead of suited to purpose, is beyond my understanding.

  7. I have had three personal encounters with Rottweilers in my life. One bit me as a young child (unprovoked). The second was a very aggressive female Rottweiler which during group obedience classes the handler was instructed to wallop it hard on the muzzle with a disposable aluminum pie tin to distract it and correct it (made a loud noise but didn’t hurt the dog). The third was a neighbor’s female bitch that was very nice; they were breeding it for income… 14 pups per litter. The third Rottie experience didn’t make up for the first two, and I’ve always given Rottweilers a wide berth.

    My understanding is that they are mandatory to muzzle in public in Germany up to a certain age because of their known instability particularly during “adolescence”; muzzles can come off after a certain age as long as they first pass some sort of obedience test (else muzzle in public for life).

  8. Why must there be an investigation?! Why must it be court ordered?! Put the beast down! It has killed before, what makes those people think it won’t kill again if given the opportunity? Just put it down already.

    Shelters and animal agencies are always complaining about lack of resources and whatnot, yet they continue to keep dogs alive which they know are vicious and dangerous.

    • The new background information is perfect. It calls out the bad breeders by name, breeder name, and locale. And it was compassionate towards the victim’s family. A nice balance.

  9. It’s so sad and relatable to believe that getting one of these breeds seems like it’s an ok thing to do. There are so many groups that say if you treat these dogs well and get them young, then they won’t attack. These animal rights groups are relentless about conveying this message. I don’t think people really understand until it’s too late that dangerous breeds are dangerous and volatile. It’s sad because these dogs are just doing what they were bred to do. They are not inherently bad dogs but they really should not be adopted. I wish so badly more could be done but people are blind and tend to see the best in these dogs until it’s too late. I was one of these blind people until my pit bull attacked someone. Despite the fact that the attack ended up being mild with no physical damage done, I cannot fully process and accept I made such a terrible decision and put so many people and animals at risk.

    • I would say that dogs that have been bred to be violent are inherently bad dogs. Thank you for recognizing that your dog was dangerous. I’m glad no one was hurt.

  10. Putting a Rottweiler into a home with an elderly woman with dementia was murder; the daughter should be charged. I have zero sympathy in this case. I am currently the caregiver for my sister with dementia, and know that when I go to get a dog, I will not be able to chose my prefered breed type, the collie, because I know from experience that they are, while not dangerous, prone to being one-family dogs, with a tendency toward stranger-danger suspicion. I’m leaning toward a goldendoodle because in this situation, you need a dog that is very people-friendly, very stranger-friendly. Not just because of my sister, either, but also because people with this problem require visiting nurses, home health aides, etc. Remember the aide in NH that was almost killed by a pack of attack-trained Rottweilers a few years ago, as she visited their owner’s elderly live-in mother?

    The male Rottweiler was trained to attack and had preyed on other family pets to the extent of killing one. So had the dogs in the NH case; other health aides and neighbors had witnessed attacks on other dogs. Insane decision to bring a stream of Rottweilers into the home.

    • I’m with you on this one, Sara. And the fact that this family was involved in Rottweiler *rescue* is beyond the pale.

      • Furthermore, my mother and father both had dementia. By the time they got to that point, I was very grateful that they no longer had ANY dogs. The risk was simply too great.

  11. I feel for Ann Marie and her family. She obviously has a true heart for victim advocacy and I was impressed with her efforts previously recorded here. It must be devastating to not only lose her mother in a horrific way, but also to lose her in the very way she had been advocating to prevent.

  12. My 3 very young children, small dog, and I were attacked by a male Rottweiler while on a designated hiking trail in a fancy NY suburb. I could describe how terrifying it was but I can’t without getting upset.

    It turned out the owner was a vet who was walking her dog with an invisible electronic collar that had no impact on her dog whatsoever.

    When she finally grabbed the dog and held it we escaped to our car. And never again went hiking–an activity we had shared after school on an almost daily basis.

    Dog control in our town was almost useless. For our appearance before the town judge the vet brought several lawyers with her and lied saying our dog had started the fight. (Not true at all. Our dog was entirely under my control on a normal 4′ leash.)

    The punishment for attacking three children under age 6 and our 7 lb dog? The Rotty had to stay in the vet’s yard and never enter public property.

    As the vet was a liar, I doubt she obeyed the rather casual order. Indeed the judge was simply a local person known in town, and there was nothing filed with the county or state.

    We have arrived at a point in our society where influence is not used to protect children and other vulnerable persons, but only to protect the rights of narcissists and their violently antisocial pets.

  13. In 1990, a 6-Rottweiler attack on a 2 year old (and his 11 year old cousin who saved him) rocked western Pennsylvania. When the news broke and names were named, it turned out the grandmother and aunt are distant relatives of mine. I recall that the aunt was permitted to take all of her dogs and move right across the border into West Virginia in order to keep them, which she did immediately in the aftermath. She cared more about her national champion dog(s). It was pretty disturbing to the extended family. As far as the youngest victim, he did survive with (as expected) major disfigurement. A few years after, I read details about his medical case as published by The University of Pittsburgh. It was very sad to have all the blanks filled in about how severe his injuries were.

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