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11 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?

  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.

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