Lansing police initially suspected that a 36-year old woman was killed by two dogs.
Dogs Cleared in Attack
UPDATE 04/17/23: The Lansing State Journal reports that police have "cleared" the two dogs seized after a woman's death Friday that police initially termed a "possible attack." Ingham County Animal Control Deputy Director Dan Verhougstraete told the Journal on Monday the dogs were cleared to be returned to their owner and were not involved in the death. "We do not have an active role in their investigation," Verhougstraete said. "The dogs were just being housed."
A commenter on the Journal's Facebook post can't understand how a stabbing could be confused with dog bites. "Sharp force injuries," also termed "sharp force trauma," are terms used by some medical examiners when declaring the cause of death after a fatal dog mauling. Search results on this website returned about a dozen cases where the "sharp force injury" term is used by forensic officials. Additional news reports state the case is now being investigated as an accidental death.
04/15/23: Police Suspect Dogs Involved
Lansing, MI - On Friday night, a 36-year old woman was found dead, the Lansing Police Department said. Police suspect two dogs are the culprits. Police were dispatched to a home in the 3400 block of West Mount Hope Avenue around 8:00 pm for a possible stabbing, but “there is reason to believe this was a possible dog attack,” according to a statement from the agency. Both dogs were seized by Ingham County Animal Control. The victim's name was not released.
A commenter on the Lansing State Journal's Facebook post claims the victim is the ex-girlfriend of the dogs' owner, who "entered his home without notifying him." She "was mauled to death," Sheyenne Tinges states. "What he walked into when he got home from work is horrifying. The girl’s arm was by the door entrance while the rest of her body was across the room. Her flesh and blood scattered everywhere." Tinges states that police initially suspected the dogs' owner.
Police "let him go once CSI and animal control were done investigating the scene," she said. Tinges also claims the dogs "did not just attack for no reason nor were they outside of their territory." The dogs' owner "loved his dogs and he loved the girl who lost her life as well. This whole situation is a nightmare." The whole point of Tinges' comment (and the post on her own page) is to ask for a recommended "biohazard remediation/ crime scene clean up service."
The Lansing's Most Wanted Facebook page captured audio from dispatch stating, "sounds like a confirmed K, possibly from a dog bite." The video also shows that the attack occurred in the Riverview Estates Mobile Home Community. Tinges posted the same "biohazard" comment on that thread. The moderator of Lansing's Most Wanted replied to her, "Sheyenne Tinges killer dogs need to be killed plain and simple. There is no room in our society for that mess at all!"
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Law enforcement departments across the United States should release consistent "baseline" information to the media and the public after each fatal dog mauling, including these items.
Did anyone else hear the ending of the dispatcher audio? It sounded like she said, “Probably not a big deal.”
I hope not. A wretched mess. I hope the dog wasn’t newly rescued
If i take a wild guess the dogs were pitbull .I think either he had the dogs for a long time she probably keep breaking into his house. So he trained the pitbull to kill the “intruder” and he’s thinking to himself the dogs were doing their job to protect their territory.I’m wondering If her is body part is everywhere how are they doing to prepare her body for her funeral .
If he had the dogs for a long time, it seems like she would know to be afraid of them. While people don’t want intruders in their home, it seems wiser to change the locks if he thought she would come around uninvited.
This situation does not look good no matter what. Hopefully, word of mouth will keep women away from this guy who felt he needed to own weaponization dogs.
Even trained guard dogs are not trained to tear at people’s throats and chew their limbs right off. This sort of behaviour is natural for pitbulls and other bully/mastiff breeds. You shouldn’t have to train a dog breed not to kill people. There is no justification for owning such a breed in 2023.
That’s three in one week! Is that a record?! Horrific. When will it stop?!
It’s not going to stop any time soon. At least not in North America.
There’s too much money to be made in keeping it going and zero political will to do what the citizens need rather than what profits the pet and non-profit shelter/rescue industries.
So if the dogs were not involved in the death, then they should have definitive proof of some other cause of death not caused by a dog attack (natural or homicide)… but then the dogs still dismembered her body. WTF! Why would they think it was okay to return dogs willing to “eat” and “dismember” a body on the floor? It doesn’t matter if the dogs were responsible for the death if they’re willing to do that.
We don’t know what may have happened; police aren’t going to release any details. That commenter could have just invented the whole story. True, that would be unusual, in that we don’t often see that. But that’s pretty crazy comment she left.
Agreed Can’t take it.
Reports are also saying the cause of death is likely accidental. “There was no foul play found,” police said in a news release Monday. “As of right now, this is being ruled an accidental death.”
“There was no foul play found,” police said in a news release Monday. “As of right now, this is being ruled an accidental death.”
But didn’t the coroner’s report say sharp force trauma??? How does one die accidentally of that? I just don’t get it. Unless, the investigation is ongoing. I hope that’s the case.
My understanding is that a dog bite death isn’t “foul play” unless it was owner directed – it falls under the category of “accident”. So saying there’s no foul play is not the same as saying she didn’t die from a dog bite. I did see it reported later in an article that law enforcement was quoted as saying the dogs were not involved. The reporting and communication could be a lot better.
She probably got a knife to defend herself from these dogs that were attacking her or acting aggressive and then fell on it while being dismembered by her boyfriends dogs! So despite having the dogs attacking her it’s still an “accidently self infected injury, if we just forget about the dogs dismembering her it all makes sense and the dogs were perfectly innocent! As I said people in this community have to protest this dangerous situation waiting to kill a child that walks too close to the neighborhood!
If the dogs didn’t do it, the dogs should be returned. I believe they already have been. In the USA, dogs are not and should not be confiscated because they might bite. If that became policy, dogs would be concealed. At least, the Chihuahuas would be easy to hide.