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Suburban firefighter mauled to death by mastiff had just taken in the dog (Illinois)
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Nov 15, 2012 | Stephanie Lulay

Posted on 11/15/2012 6:17:36 AM PST by KeyLargo

Suburban firefighter mauled to death by mastiff had just taken in the dog

By Stephanie Lulay

slulay@stmedianetwork.com Last Modified: Nov 15, 2012 02:24AM

A far west suburban firefighter was mauled to death in her home by a 130- to 140-pound dog she and her husband had just taken in to avoid it being put down, authorities said.

Dawn Brown, a firefighter with the Bristol-Kendall Fire Department and a paramedic with the Big Rock Fire District, was found dead at the bottom of the basement stairs in her Big Rock home Monday afternoon.

The Kane County sheriff’s department revealed Tuesday that Brown hadn’t fallen. Her mastiff — one of three dogs in the home — killed her.

After authorities arrived, it took four officers to get the mastiff under control to remove it from the house, Kane County Sheriff’s Lt. Pat Gengler said.

The dog was “all muscle, very intimidating” but had no history of being aggressive, he said.

(Excerpt) Read more at suntimes.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Local News; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: bigrock; dog; killed; mastiff; mauled; owner
The couple should have turned the animal over to a professional rescue organization instead of taking it into their home.

Great Lakes Mastiff Rescue http://www.glmr.org/Home.html

1 posted on 11/15/2012 6:17:45 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

A terrible tragedy, but things like this happen when your decisions are ruled by your emotions.


2 posted on 11/15/2012 6:25:38 AM PST by Obadiah (Americans said, "Give us Barabbas!")
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To: KeyLargo

>>he couple should have turned the animal over to a professional rescue organization instead of taking it into their home.

Excellent advice.

I wonder about the dog ‘not having a record of being aggressive’. Then why was it about to be put down? If it was stray or abandoned then how would anyone know the history of the dog, or were they just talking about a short period of time at the firehouse?


3 posted on 11/15/2012 6:27:21 AM PST by expat1000
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To: expat1000

Mastiffs are not aggressive by nature but they are exceptionally protective of their homes and owners.

I had a chunk of flesh taken out of my chest when I was a kid thanks to our Old English Mastiff “Pee Wee” mistaking me for a bad guy.

I forgave him immediately. He knew he’d done wrong and was at my side every day until his death.


4 posted on 11/15/2012 6:31:59 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: KeyLargo

They had a pit bull but it was the mastiff that did it.


5 posted on 11/15/2012 6:39:20 AM PST by ari-freedom (It's the bennies, stupid.)
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To: KeyLargo

http://stcharles-il.patch.com/articles/dawn-brown-memorial-set-bristol-kendall-fire-department-dead-firefighter-bull-mastiff

Weekend Memorial Set for Dawn Brown, Firefighter Found Dead in Her Home


6 posted on 11/15/2012 6:41:21 AM PST by ari-freedom (It's the bennies, stupid.)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

Computer Hope

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7 posted on 11/15/2012 6:42:55 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

Computer Hope

The Doggie Ping list is for FReepers who would like to be notified of threads relating to all things canid. If you would like to join the Doggie Ping Pack (or be unleashed from it), FReemail me.

8 posted on 11/15/2012 6:43:47 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: KeyLargo

There are 2 of these huge dogs next door to me. I feed them treats through the fence so they will like me. Last time I was over at their house one of them jumped up and kissed me on my face. Scared me half to death but it really was a dog kiss.


9 posted on 11/15/2012 6:50:58 AM PST by Ditter
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To: KeyLargo

If Ms. Brown couldn’t handle a 130-140 pound dog, she had no business being a firefighter.


10 posted on 11/15/2012 6:51:56 AM PST by Arm_Bears (Re-distribute my work ethic, not my wealth!)
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To: rarestia
I do not disagree with what you say re: mastiffs. The generic term as used by the newspaper. However, depending on the specific type of mastiff, it could in fact have been more aggressive. Take for instance the Italian Mastiff (Cane Corso). A giant dog. 180 pounds sometimes. Descended from ancient Tibet. Used to protect monasteries and monks. Known to engage in combat with boars and bears. Romans used them. Guard dogs and beyond.

If you happen to come across any article more definitive, please give me a heads-up.

11 posted on 11/15/2012 6:59:35 AM PST by donozark (The voices inside my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!)
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To: Arm_Bears

Good point!


12 posted on 11/15/2012 7:00:33 AM PST by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: donozark

Our Old English Mastiff grew to 175 lbs. at one point and was a mountain of a dog. Sweetest thing you’d ever meet though. He used to play with our ferret. Never once hurt her. He knew his limits.


13 posted on 11/15/2012 7:02:18 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: KeyLargo

Man, talk about an ingrate. A real son of a bitch.


14 posted on 11/15/2012 7:08:14 AM PST by Tupelo (Republican, a national party no more.)
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To: Ditter

Friends of ours had a mastiff that preferred men to women. Most of her friends were terrified of him. I would walk in their door, grab him by the face, say how ya doin rosie, and give him a big old kiss. He loved me.


15 posted on 11/15/2012 7:13:49 AM PST by sheana
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To: Arm_Bears

My first thought as well.

They need to be able to carry people, willing or not.

God help us all in our politically correct stupidity.


16 posted on 11/15/2012 7:14:16 AM PST by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Tupelo
"Man, talk about an ingrate. A real son of a bitch."

He ain't nothin' but a hound-dog! Said he was "high-class," but that was just a lie...

;-\

17 posted on 11/15/2012 7:16:49 AM PST by Gargantua ("Barbie O'Bunga ~ America's First Fly-Strewn, Maggot-Gagging Fag President")
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To: KeyLargo
In other news:


Aishat Maksudova said the wolf did not frighten her

Grandma in Russia kills wolf with bare hands and axe

18 posted on 11/15/2012 7:34:39 AM PST by Theoria (Romney is a Pyrrhic victory.)
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To: KeyLargo

Up in NH today—was doing my morning walk in a neighborhood where one lawn had a sign up “Firemen for Obama/Biden”. Curious as to how the deceased firefighter voted—FWIW. Can dogs be rabid leftists? eheheheh.


19 posted on 11/15/2012 7:40:54 AM PST by tflabo
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To: donozark
I've been a Cane Corso owner since 1992 and they are not naturally aggressive. When I bought my first dog there was only a handful of breeders in America. Today there are hundreds of breeders and many are breeding for size and aggression. It's a shame to see such a good breed being ruined by greedy people. A Cane Corso shouldn't weigh more then 120 or 130 pounds and it should be leery of strangers and loyal to its family. They won't hesitate to protect the family but they don't attack for no reason.
20 posted on 11/15/2012 7:43:25 AM PST by peeps36 (America is being destroyed by filthy traitors in the political establishment)
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To: KeyLargo

**After authorities arrived, it took four officers to get the mastiff under control***

Why didn’t they just shoot it like they do other family pets?


21 posted on 11/15/2012 7:53:16 AM PST by US_MilitaryRules (Unnngh! To many PDS people!)
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Any dog that size is inherently dangerous. Animals are unpredictable. One never knows what will set off an aggressive signal in their tiny brains. In that context, I am always amazed that families with small children would have ANY dog in the house. Then again, I am a city boy....


22 posted on 11/15/2012 8:12:11 AM PST by Godwin1
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To: peeps36
Same thing has happened to so many breeds. TV shows and movies sometimes destroy certain breeds. Lassie ruined the Collie. Rin Tin Tin destroyed the German Shepard. They Only Kill Their Masters the Doberman.

Inexperienced breeders will oft times breed brother to sister. Or too close a blood line which can sometimes enhance existing, but unknown faults. Nothing sadder than seeing a cow-hocked/roach-backed dog of an otherwise fine breed...

23 posted on 11/15/2012 8:51:22 AM PST by donozark (The voices inside my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!)
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To: US_MilitaryRules; KeyLargo
Why didn’t they just shoot it like they do other family pets? Really!!!!!!
24 posted on 11/15/2012 10:15:43 AM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11 0bie don' t eatl my dog!)
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To: Arm_Bears

Before I finished reading the title my mind was already saying whattt??afemalefirefighter????


25 posted on 11/15/2012 10:39:41 AM PST by ansel12 (Todd Akin was NOT the tea party candidate, Sarah Steelman was, Brunner had tea party support also.)
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To: Arm_Bears

Your comment about handling a 130 lb dog is a bit off.
I have a mastiff....not the old English breed but an African mastiff.
He weighs in at the top of the breed standard at around 160.
If he lost his mind and attacked me it would be all over.
No way I could survive without a weapon in my hand.
I tip the scales at just under 280.


26 posted on 11/15/2012 10:47:32 AM PST by superfries
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To: rarestia

“and was at my side every day until his death.”

Ten minutes later.


27 posted on 11/15/2012 10:54:25 AM PST by DPMD
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To: Godwin1

Here’s one excellent reason to have a good dog; especially a good LARGE dog if you have children:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2421079/posts

The golden retriever called ‘Angel’ who took on a mountain lion and saved his 11-year-old owner

How many children throughout history have likewise survived because of a good dog? You may owe your very existence in part to a dog which protected one of your ancestors from certain death.


28 posted on 11/15/2012 11:11:49 AM PST by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: expat1000
I wonder about the dog ‘not having a record of being aggressive’.

No history of aggression that anyone would admit to?

29 posted on 11/15/2012 11:15:29 AM PST by SCalGal (Friends don't let friends donate to H$U$, A$PCA, or PETA.)
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To: Arm_Bears

BINGO same with cops...gender norming put females in places they shouldn’t be I wonder if a woman her size could pick me up same weight as that dog, and carry we out of a burning building....nope. It really is not in the best interest of public safety.


30 posted on 11/15/2012 12:41:44 PM PST by goat granny
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To: KeyLargo

Very sad.


31 posted on 11/15/2012 2:27:42 PM PST by austingirl
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To: KeyLargo

I am very skeptical of claims that there was no history aggression. Why was the family member having this dog put down?


32 posted on 11/16/2012 7:34:44 AM PST by dervish (Psalm 109:8)
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To: Godwin1

“Animals are unpredictable.”

wrong. Much more predictable than humans.


33 posted on 11/16/2012 7:40:50 AM PST by dervish (Psalm 109:8)
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To: Joe 6-pack

chicagotribune.com
Authorities put down dog suspected in woman’s death

The Associated Press

9:20 PM CST, November 21, 2012

Authorities say a dog they believe attacked and killed a firefighter in the northern Illinois village of Big Rock has been euthanized.

The Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports that Kane County Health Department official says the bull mastiff was put down at the request of the husband of the woman who was killed.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-dog-authorities-think-killed-woman-is-put-down-20121121,0,4886700,print.story


34 posted on 11/22/2012 6:50:03 AM PST by KeyLargo
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