Beverly Hayden, 89, was killed by her own pit bull in Cass County, Indiana.
Sheriff's Press Release
Cass County, IN - An 89-year old woman is dead after being mauled by her own pit bull, according to the Cass County Sheriff's Office. Deputies were dispatched to the south 200 block of County Road 400 West at about 5:49 am for a report of a woman attacked by her own dog. Arriving responders found the woman in the living room of her residence. She was pronounced dead at the scene by Cass County Coroner George Franklin. She was identified as 89-year old Beverly Hayden of Logansport.
A family member was present at the time but could not stop the attack. Her 100 pound pit bull fled the residence after the attack. "The dog is described as a one-hundred-pound black pit bull with a white chest," states the Cass County Sheriff's Office press release. "The dog was not wearing a collar. A large-scale search, which include a Logansport Police Drone was conducted around the area to locate the dog to no avail." Authorities remind the public to "not approach the animal on your own."
Death Under Investigation by Cass County Authorities
First responders were called to the south 200 block of County Road 400 West in Cass County at approximately 5:49 am on December 6 for an elderly female that had been attacked by her dog. Arriving units located an 89-year-old female in the living room of her residence. The female was pronounced deceased at the scene by Cass County Coroner George Franklin.
Investigators found Beverly Hayden had been attacked in her living room by her one-hundred-pound pit bull dog. A family member was present but unable to prohibit the attack. After the attack, the dog escaped the residence and is still loose in the area. The dog is described as a one-hundred-pound black pit bull with a white chest. The dog was not wearing a collar. A large-scale search which include a Logansport Police Drone was conducted around the area to locate the dog to no avail.
Agencies assisting the Cass County Sheriff's Office were the Logansport Police Department, Cass County Animal Control, Cass County EMS and the Cass County Coroner's Office.
The next of kin have been notified.
This is an on-going investigation and no foul play is suspected. If anyone locates the dog, they are asked to immediately call 911 to report the animal so that animal control can respond to capture the dog. Please do not approach the animal on your own. - Sheriff Ed Schroder, December 6, 2023
WRTV initially published a photograph of the dog, "Oden," then removed it. The photo was originally shared by Kylie Hayden. Several hours ago, she updated the post to say, "DOG FOUND! Thank you to everyone for the prayers and help! Update: comments are turned off due to one-sided opinions. Please respect our family as we mourn and try to take care of our family." Thus, after a family pit bull killed her relative, family members are not interested in hearing about the pros or cons of pit bulls as pets.
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