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28 thoughts on “2022 Dog Bite Fatality: Woman Killed by Multiple Dogs in Her Own Front Yard in Oklahoma County; Dogs Still At Large

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  1. How were these Keystone Cops not able to see any blood trail leading away from her body? Even if they thought this was a stabbing? Blaming a human makes more sense than blaming wild dogs.

  2. This is so sad, yet becoming too frequent. Thank you for all your good work on this blog.

    And ladies, if you aren’t carrying protection, I suggest you get some, and I don’t mean a stick.

  3. She was probably killed by cough cough pitbull.I heard latest lady was killed by her neighbor pitbull in montanta.off topic but colleen you should write about one year ruby who was mauled by her family pitbull three family tries to saved her but it wouldn’t let go.the mom had to stabbed the pitbull to death.luckly ruby survived.

  4. Wild dogs, feral cats and wolves don’t trust humans and so, are rarely actual threats as they will take any route they can to escape.

    Pitbulls, on the other hand, as well as some other domestic dumped dogs, will attack because they lack that inhibition.

    Mears’ personal dog may have been guarding her body from further harm or guarding what it perceived as it’s property and we can’t ever know that without knowing what happened during the attack.

    None of the above is provable unless there’s DNA testing of the dog/s involved.

    The inability of the investigators to differentiate between a dog attack and a knife attack–well I hope people who are serving on juries take note because (remember the dingo baby eating incident) that far too often testimony about forensic evidence isn’t scientifically reliable.

    • Well, it was just the initial investigators who thought it was a stabbing attack. Knowing how pitbulls kill, the poor woman’s body was probably shredded and covered with blood, I can understand why the initial investigators first thought was it was a stabbing attack if they weren’t familiar with a pitbull attack.

  5. What happened to her dog? Was it put down to approach the body? Even so, if suspected murder shouldn’t it of been examined as part of the crime scene? Did it show evidence of biting a person. Really does sound like very amateur cops. I know you want to get DNA off as many sources as possible. Also if dogs running loose and captured, could they be checked for certain bite marks matching the pattern of her attack. It would at least hopefully not get them adopted back out into the community. Insanity that we aren’t safe in our yards or anywhere now. People want big bad dogs, not breeds that use to be considered good pets.

    • Old Dog Person Observation:

      All these people getting Rotts, Pitbulls and Mastiffs to protect them from “dangerous people” with zero clue how to manage big dogs–keep getting mauled by their own dogs.

      If they’re that scared of the outside world that they need a fearsome beast to protect them–how do they think they have the confidence to succeed in training said fearsome beast?

      Just wonderin’

  6. Somehow the law enforcement team in France was able to discover that the woman, Elisa Pilarski, killed in the woods was killed by her boyfriends dog and not by the fox hunting hounds that were on an official hunt. There were something like 65 hounds. ALL had DNA samples taken. It turned out to be the boyfriends dog Curtis. The boyfriend blamed the fox hunt. But it turned out to be his own dog. She was walking the dog alone in the forest. They were big into pit bulls. She was pregnant. Probably the hunt dogs were baying close by and Curtis got triggered. Just my assumption. The French officials stayed on this case even though Covid was going on. They saw it through and they finally arrested the boyfriend. Do a Google search on her name. Very interesting story.

    • Thanks for the heads up, Diane. I read the Daily Mail account. DM often has more photos and data not included in American media reports.

      Given that some PB victims have been disemboweled, I am surprised that the PB did not disrupt the fetus. Unless it did and the media didn’t want to divulge it.

  7. What is so dangerous is that there are now multiple cases of dogs (plural, more than one dog involved in each fatal attack) killing one person, but the dogs were never investigated or seized by authorities, and the same dogs killed a second person. The second fatal attack occurs within a few weeks or months. Recall the Mississippi case. Police thought the first victim found naked lying in a ditch was brutally murdered and “dumped”. Then another person was found dying in a ditch, also clothes stripped, with similar horrific injuries weeks later. Only then did police tie the two cases together. The owner of the pit bulls habitually cut his dogs loose to run free at night. https://blog.dogsbite.org/2014/09/2014-dog-bite-fatality-pack-of-dogs-kill-mississippi-man.html If the “pack of dogs” in the Oklahoma case, which could easily be a “pair” or “trio” of owned roaming dogs, isn’t located and broken up, they could certainly kill again. This is especially true if these dogs habitually roam and hunt together.

    • Funny how for at least the last few hundred, if not thousands of years, there have been the odd wild dog packs roaming outside urban areas. And packs of stray dogs in rural areas.

      Yet, humans being attacked by a pack of dogs was virtually, unheard of. Cases of it were exceptionally rare and it was such a shock that community hunters would ride out and hunt the offenders down in a big wave of publicity. The biggest problem was livestock being slaughtered for food by such packs.

      Not even when huge carting dogs were outlawed so they were dumped by the hundreds leaving them homeless and starving, did such events, occur.

      But somehow, since the Great Pitbull Explosion, this has become monthly, if not weekly, news.

      Something to ponder.

  8. Boni, great post. As I recall, you have years of experience as a dog trainer. Do you consider a pack being 3 or more dogs? When I post about an older memorable mauling, I just remember whether there are multiple dogs or one.

    I know Colleen has addressed the exponential probability of incitement to attack by the increasing number of pitbulls in a pack. What’s your advice on a pair of pitbulls being a pack? Is it a misrepresentation? When more than one pitbull attacks, I would call it a pack because of that important exponential factor of incitement. I personally don’t think it is a misrepresentation but I will go along w those of you w longterm doggo experience.

    As you pointed out your observations of the pack trend, here is data from Colleen:
    “Whereas, multi-dog attacks involving all other dog breeds combined has a flat linear trend line. Over the 15-year period (2005-2019), pit bulls have been involved in 73% of all fatal multi-dog attacks (177 of 244).”
    https://blog.dogsbite.org/2020/07/2019-dog-bite-fatality-statistics-discussion.html

    • Pitbulls are not temperamentally reliable. Add another and that’s just begging for trouble.

      I’ve had up to five dogs *loose* in my house at the odd point when I was training with nary more than a bit of growling or grabbing. None, at that time were pitulls although it did include one or more working Bouviers and traumatised (and recovered) GSD so we’re not talking about a pack of teacup poodles.

      Sometimes I got calls from people who couldn’t manage two dogs at a time. Can’t recall anyone who had three or more unless they were small. That’s a new trend.

      Pitbulls are an infestation IMO. They are an apex predator with only humans between them and every other animal, including biddable dogs, household pets and livestock– to stop the incursion.

      They are destroying the lines of friendly mongrels and dog breeds at an alarming rate. They are an unnatural phenomena, created by humans.

      I grew up in a fairly rural area and dog packs were not unheard of.

      Attacking dog packs, were. While correlation is not causation the pitbull infestation into wild packs begs for research.

      • We’ve had 2 deaths from dog packs in my rural area the past 3 years, and a few maulings. I don’t think either one of them made it on here. No idea what the breeds were.
        It would be good to see some research on wild packs and breed intermixing relative to human attacks.

        I’m rural.
        We have 2 packs that were running fields behind me, pack of 7 (no bulldogs) and pack of 5 (2 bulldogs)
        Ran the 5 pack off of neighbors calf they almost killed.
        Then few days later they Tried to find a place to get in my fence which I assume was to get my dogs.

        Locally we have a lot of people moving here from urban areas that seem to want to collect dogs. Saw the 7 chasing down another dog in field behind my house. Sounded like they caught it after it got over hill.

        I like to go dog carting and had been doing it for several years peacefully.
        Last 2 years been difficult.
        All the dogs running loose it’s been almost impossible this year to have a good run without Altercations with dogs.
        Although I have had problems with others I will say it’s been mostly bulldogs that I have to actually have my dogs stop, and wait while I jump off the cart and intercept. Had some close calls.
        Once was a pair of dogo’s running loose at night coming full tilt at us. I’m not too fond of those. Most have idea Dogo’s are gentle giants. Those were serious that night.

        I haven’t seen the 7 pack in about 3 months. Ranchers might have gotten fed up with them.

  9. And now I see 10 minutes later that Colleen had written:

    “If the ‘pack of dogs’ in the Oklahoma case, which could easily be a ‘pair’ or ‘trio’ of owned roaming dogs, isn’t located and broken up, they could certainly kill again.”

    Still interested in your and Colleen’s take on this.

    Reply ↓

    • The attack was by
      a pack of Chihuahuas with rotten teeth.. What kind of dogs did the owner have. Dogs never kill their owners. Really.

    • I wrote a huge screed then realised it was simple.

      Do mankilling panthers/tigers/lions ever stop once they start killing humans?

      We bred pitbulls to be aggressive to their own species and to us. We need to take responsibility for this and create an extinction level of events (clearly spay and neuter adverts aren’t working or the population would be halved already, not increasing) because pitbulls are bred to kill other dogs and people. At least wild cats usually have the sense to stay away from human territory.

      People hunt down man-killing tigers, panthers and other big animals for the safety of humans. I’m failing to see why that’s not happening in the case of deadly dogs.

      If there’s one lesson to be learned from this it’s that propaganda can so powerful that humans will act against their own survival instincts in service to it.

      • Why people aren’t hunting down dangerous dogs? Could it have something to do w city websites with the animal control officers posing w a pitbull? These are the folks who are supposed to protect citizens from dangerous dogs.

        And the two first responders whose 2 rottweilers mauled their baby after social media photos showing the dogs waaay too close to the baby. Father a cop, mother an EMT. You’d think the parents would have been more protective of their child.

        These issues make me feel like some first responders are not relating to citizens. Is it a bravado issue? Or do the animal control officers seek out that position because they want leniency for pitbulls?

    • At this point after reading about thousands of pitbull attacks on humans and animals I have to wonder if this is also a class issue?

      I know that sounds OTT but hang on a mo.

      Wealthy and middle-class people can afford multiple trainers/dog handlers, medical insurance and enough room and fencing expertise to lock up or board menacing dogs if they really want to keep them. They can also afford any top notch dog breed they want. If a dog doesn’t work out, well, they can just dump it onto the streets or into a shelter rather than take on the emotionally draining ethical decision to euthanize their failure. It’s especially embarrassing after publicly ‘white-saviouring’ a rescue pitbull all over their instagram and facebook.

      Rescues/shelters are the dog supermarkets of the poor. What are they full of? Pitbulls and other behaviourally unsound dogs.

      So where do the majority of these killing machines end up doing the most damage even when owned by those with more money?

      Yup, disproportionately in financially disadvantaged neighbourhoods where many have little to no healthcare coverage, not enough resources to keep potentially dangerous dogs contained, inability to access legal representation when attacked and where Animal Control Services are underfunded and over-worked.

      Financially disadvantaged folks love dogs too. But what’s being shovelled into our neighbourhoods with blatant disregard for the consequences are dangerous dog rejects.

      Even families who would far prefer a child-loving poodle or beagle mix are being conned by these “rescue charities” into taking home pitbulls and pitbull mixes with hidden bite histories. They’re even arriving in droves in BSL areas.

      Like that brown one? We’ll give you his best friend for FREE! Two for the price of one! Pick up his son and we’ll throw in a free bag of toys and a dog bed!

      Thus is born the mass increase in pack mauling.

      • Yes, I think it is a class issue, definitely. At a time when even the most irresponsibly bred mill puppies cost $1,000+ each, not only are pit bulls dirt cheap at shelters, you can also pull up Craigslist or social media and find plenty of them just being given away for free.

        Studies have been done of how many homes pits tend to pass through during their (often abbreviated) lifespans, and it is far more than other breed types.

        Most (not all) shelters at the very least tend to neuter their pits before pushing them out the door, whereas giveaway pits are usually intact, thus making sure that even the most unstable animals will have multiple chances to reproduce as they are passed along between owners.

        I am sure there are many people who would like to have a normal family dog, but are simply being priced out of that opportunity. It seems to be getting more and more difficult as time goes by.

  10. I have a theory.
    No pack, just her dog.
    If you were used to dealing with normal dog bites and came across someone mauled to death by a pit, rott, dogo or any other of the fighting dogs you would have a hard time believing one dog did all that damage.

    Odd they arn’t checking for DNA or making plaster casts of her dog’s teeth and comparing them to the bite wounds.

    Again this is just a theory. If her dog turns out to be a beagle, it is an incorrect theory. However considering this crew could not tell the difference between a stabbing and a mauling I think it is believable they could not tell the difference between a pack attack and one pit or other power breed attack.

    Thoughts?

    • Certainly a single pit bull has inflicted bites to “over 90 percent” of an adult male victim’s body in the past, killing him (cause of death in that case was a dog bite that severed the victim’s carotid artery and jugular vein and fractured the back of the neck). The Whipple case involved a male presa canario destroying the victim (“identified a total of 77 discrete areas of injury that covered Whipple’s body ‘from head to toe'” and she “died of multiple traumatic injuries and extensive blunt force trauma resulting in a loss of one-third of her blood”). Hera, the female presa, also may have been involved (https://casetext.com/case/people-v-knoller-1). In a more recent case, a male pit bull-mix killed an adult female household member, “None of the injuries included a distinct bite pattern…The bites were overlapping with lines of lacerating injury rather than a precise bite mark pattern. Because of the complexity of the injuries and the similarity in measurements of the teeth from each dog, neither dog can be excluded based on the bite marks alone.” There was a female pit bull in the home as well, which may have participated in the attack, but was not the primary aggressor. I did note the possibility of a roaming pair, because a pair, usually consisting of the same breed, is more common, even if only one of the dogs inflicts most of the injuries.

      In this case, the coroner, at least to our knowledge, only stated “multiple dogs” not a “pack of dogs.” The pack theory came from police and was otherwise unexplained, evidence-wise.

      I looked at ages 60-69 from the 16-year data set (2005-2020). There were a total of 57 victims, primarily female (60%). The majority of deaths, 60%, involved 2 or more dogs. Pit bulls were responsible for 75% of these deaths (43 of 57). Within the pit bull subset, 60% of attacks involved 2 or more dogs. This was apparently and off-property attack. 79% of the off-property attacks involved 2 or more dogs. Deaths involving only 1 dog (23), were primarily on-property, 83%, involving 1 family dog, 70%. However, there were several off-property cases (4 of 23) involving only 1 dog. Only 1 of these cases has similarities https://blog.dogsbite.org/2012/05/pit-bull-seized-after-north-carolina.html The Roxboro case was appealed, so there is much more information online, including detailed injury information, along with single vs. multiple dogs involved, Dr. Simmons, “in my experience and from reading about these cases, you very seldom see a case where every single bite mark looks the same regardless of whether it’s one dog or multiple dogs” (https://caselaw.findlaw.com/nc-court-of-appeals/1726082.html)

  11. how do they know it wasn’t her own dog? a pack of dogs can easily overwhelm one dog ? how is this dog alive?

    • That is a fundamental question that we have. How is this dog alive? I can’t recall another case like this. The victim’s dog is typically also dead at the scene. It’s not an impossible scenario, it’s just unusual.

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