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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
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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 sheriffs department revealed Tuesday that Brown hadnt 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 Sheriffs Lt. Pat Gengler said.
The dog was all muscle, very intimidating but had no history of being aggressive, he said.
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A terrible tragedy, but things like this happen when your decisions are ruled by your emotions.
>>he couple should have turned the animal over to a professional rescue organization instead of taking it into their home.
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?
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.
They had a pit bull but it was the mastiff that did it.
Weekend Memorial Set for Dawn Brown, Firefighter Found Dead in Her Home
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.
If Ms. Brown couldn’t handle a 130-140 pound dog, she had no business being a firefighter.
If you happen to come across any article more definitive, please give me a heads-up.
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.
Man, talk about an ingrate. A real son of a bitch.
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.
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.
He ain't nothin' but a hound-dog! Said he was "high-class," but that was just a lie...
Aishat Maksudova said the wolf did not frighten her
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.
**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?
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....
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...
Before I finished reading the title my mind was already saying whattt??afemalefirefighter????
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.
“and was at my side every day until his death.”
Ten minutes later.
Here’s one excellent reason to have a good dog; especially a good LARGE dog if you have children:
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.
No history of aggression that anyone would admit to?
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.
I am very skeptical of claims that there was no history aggression. Why was the family member having this dog put down?
“Animals are unpredictable.”
wrong. Much more predictable than humans.
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.