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28 thoughts on “2023 Dog Bite Fatality: Elderly Woman, 89, Killed by Family Pit Bull in Cass County, Indiana

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  1. Again and again a pitbull killed their can never ever stop a pitbull from attacking someone you will never win.why on earth would someone choose a pitbull as a dog it’s a dangerous breed no matter the love patience time effort sweat and tears you put in to raised a good dog.some pitbull not most will “snap out of nowhere “ and the dog cult will blame the owner/victim and have no clue why the sweet pitbull would snap and killed.

  2. I gasped when I read the dog’s weight. 89-year-old lady with a 100-lb. pit bull?! Elderly people become more fragile with age. Brittle bones, thin skin. They bruise easily. Why would anyone think a large dog would be good for them? A small, gentle lap dog would be a much better choice. One that couldn’t harm or kill them. Absolutely horrendous and heartbreaking story!

    • Or no dog at all. At advanced ages, people are prone to falls, and small dogs are very easy to trip over.

      As for large dogs, my parents’ final dog was a Labrador retriever. It was way too much dog for them, and it also bared its teeth and growled at me. Suffice it to say that I was relieved when it finally died.

      • Tripping hazard is why *all* dogs should be trained to “move” when told. It’s not hard to do.

        Even if you don’t see them, if you say “Move” when you get up, the dog should be moving away.

        • Good luck with that. My mother used to say that very thing, and the dogs would ignore her. Lucky her, she never fell, but she came close.

          That is why I say NO dog at all if the owner is on in years.

  3. There’s got to be more to this story. 89 yr old people generally don’t go out and get a dog, esp one like this. My money’s on it was the relative’s dog but they didn’t have anywhere to live…

    • A friend of the family said( on Facebook) that the savage beast belonged to the victims grandson. The mother of the grandson is the victims daughter and was the person present when the savage attack happened. The grandson has pictures of the beast on his FB page.

  4. How many pitbull fatalities are we up to so far this year? 50? 60? It certainly seems even more than last year. That these dogs aren’t banned everywhere is beyond outrageous.

    • That brings up something I’ve been puzzling over.

      From Kylie Hayden’s original FB posting, before the dog was found:

      “If anyone sees this dog his name is Oden . Please contact 574-355-6662 or 574-870-0987 AND 911!!!! with the location so Oden can be taken in to be tested. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO APPROACH, PET & or PICK UP!!!!”

      Surely the dog was not being sought just “to be tested” (the victim was dead). This is either an out-and-out lie — perhaps to mollify any “dog lover” who saw the dog and worried it might be euthanized if reported — or represents some serious delusion that the “pet” really was going to be rehabilitated in some way.

      It seems like Kylie was deliberately leaving it ambiguous as to what danger the dog posed precisely to keep the dog from being harmed — when, clearly, a “shoot on sight” alarm would have been in order.

      • Lovely message on FB from the Grandson, owner of the savage beast. “my grandma had night terrors she woke up screaming and fell over the chair fell on her and hit both of them he went into defense mode thinking she was being attacked by the time he realized it was her the damage was done he loved her and he was sweet he didn’t have alpha in his life like his brothers do my dog don’t speak on something you don’t know the story about i don’t even need to explain it to someone like you bc obviously your mentally ill

      • Someone else was present during the attack. The family was probably concerned that person could have been “exposed” to rabies. Plenty of families in the past, after a pit bull killed a family member, initially cling to the notion the dog had rabies to avoid the obvious — the attack was unprovoked, violent, and lethal. The pit might have “taken off” afterward because an animal captured its attention and the dog wanted to kill that next!
        “Jennifer R. Hayden
        For all of you concerned about the missing dog OUR FAMILY AND AUTHORITIES have been searching for him all day and will continue to! It is a very serious matter! This is not just another missing pit! There are details not listed for a reason! Please think about things before you say them! Never would put anybody in danger and sometimes the more people involved lead to problems resolving the issue at hand however we have searched all day and are still searching just asking for help! Thanks for being more understanding! We too as a family have children also so we understand and if we felt any need to come to the public sooner would have! We are trying to grieve and locate the dog at the same time! God bless you all!”

        “Darren Racca
        They just took down the pit bull across the street in the woods. I don.t if it was LPD or CASS COUNTY SHERIFFS !! thanks to everyone involved to help with this search. My whole neighborhood was involved !! Thx everyone !”

  5. So sad. Of course, the dog was not owned by grandmother. I suppose the relatives
    lived with her and took care of her. The dog lived there too and was not kept in a safe place. I wonder why the dog took off after the killing. Why was he loose? Who was responsible for him?

    • Thanks for the link. What are these people thinking when posting such a photo? It’s like featuring a big, smiling picture of Charles Manson at Sharon Tate’s funeral.

      The dog “loved grandma as grandma loved him! He was startled.”

      No sane person keeps an animal that can kill grandma.

  6. Imagine living though all the hardships of life to be 90. Then you just want the occasional, not overly exciting visits of your kids, (however many you haven’t outlived, already) grandkids and great grandkids.

    Everything aches but you carry on and do your best to get by and show all your descendants you love them. You’re looking forward to seeing all the relations and whatever friends might have survived with you, at Christmas.

    Then you’re torn apart by a pitbull.

    And now, every Christmas from now on, every person who loved you will be mourning that Mom/Grandma/Great Granny/Old Friend died in a preventable, horrific mauling.

    Add in the insult that someone blamed on Granny for being old and falling out of bed thus what? Deserving to be shredded?

    These people are delusional.

  7. More delusional pit owners. I wish it was they that got eaten alive rather than the innocents around them.. That response by the grandson is classic denial pit apology mode after their beast has murdered a family member.

  8. I’ll be on this list in a year two. I’m disabled and one of two of them stalks me. I’m tired of people worshiping these demon dogs.

  9. Delusional and criminally deranged dog owners. The murder dog killed his grandmother and he’s defending the beast! No sense of responsibility at all for his being the cause of his grandmother’s awful death.

    As for the known killer dog wandering loose in the neighborhood afterwards, it would be fitting if a kindly neighbor had made that pit disappear from the face of the earth. Save the taxpayers a ton of $$.

  10. In those pictures of the victim and her killer together, the dog does not look like it’s a loving pet with its owner. The dog looks too alert, too whale-eyed, too dominant, with its head over the victim’s shoulder. That is not how a loving pet acts around a beloved owner. At the very least, its ears should be down and its posture “softened”.

    • That is exactly what is see in the pics as well and I also sensed that the woman didnt feel completely safe or comfortable in those poses

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