Skip to comments.DeKalb woman killed in home by pet dog
Posted on 08/17/2012 4:09:51 AM PDT by from occupied ga
The DeKalb County medical examiner says a woman found dead in her home was killed by at least one of her five dogs.
Twenty-three-year-old Rebecca Carey spent her life rescuing animals, taking several into her home to keep them from ending up at animal control.
Carey’s best friend, Jackie Cira, went to Carey’s home when she did not show up for work on Sunday.
“There was a lot of blood,” Cira said. “And when first got there, it looked like she had fallen and hit her head.”
The DeKalb County medical examiner ruled Carey’s death was the result of dog bites.
Animal control took custody of the five dogs in the home – two pit bulls, two presas and a boxer mix.
Any dog that has bitten a person goes into a special isolation lockup at animal control.
Cira said she knows Carey’s dogs, and actually owned one of them, a therapy dog, at one time.
“Any dog she came into contact with, she brought out the best in,” Cira said.
Cira said she wanted the dogs she knew to be gentle to be spared punishment.
“I don’t know who did what, but I can say with certainty who did not,” Cira said.
Animal control’s interim director Tim Medlin told Channel 2’s Jeff Dore that the county can’t risk putting a killer dog with a family, and they have all been put down.
“We didn’t know which dog did which. I can’t be wrong. Not just myself, no one can be wrong in putting out a dog that possibly had to do with these type of injuries. I will not put another person at that kind of risk,” Medlin said.
Carey’s family declined to speak with Dore, but they issued the following statement:
"Rebecca Carey of Decatur was 23 years old and an avid animal lover. Since the second grade when she read the book Throw Away Pets she vowed to be a voice for all animals. She attended Georgia Perimeter College and worked at a veterinary clinic. Upon placing her first abandoned animal in a permanent loving home in 2003, she volunteered countless hours with rescue networks and animal shelters. There she did what she loved the most: rescuing animals from untenable situations to find them safe, loving homes."
Safer to entirely skip the entire canine genus and go with felines instead. :D
I can’t remember the last time I read about a cat jumping over a fence and mauling some child (although I did find a half mouse on the doorstep the other morning which I suspect was a present from the neighbors cat)
Says you. When I don't come up with food on time, my cats start licking me.
I call it 'taste sampling'.
Every time....EVERY time.....a piece like this shows up, I see/hear the same old, tired nonsense.
“Oh, but MY pit bull is SUCH a sweetie! He wouldn’t hurt a fly! See, it’s all in how you raise ‘em!”
Bull feces. They’re loaded guns with four paws.
My uncle had a cat that was vicious. If would attack anyone who came near his house. The mailman refused to deliver so he had to pick his mail up at the post office. Certainly not deadly but they are not all nice animals. I've been at houses where cats would just come up and bite people for no apparent reason.
You never met our cat we affectionately (sometimes) called the Mass Mauler (we lived on Cape Cape). He would wait in hiding around a corner and as the spirit struck him he would launch himself at those walking by, wrap himself around an ankle and commence gnawing (he didn't break the skin, well hardly ever anyway.)
He would also walk up to you and stare at you with his ears flattened and tail swishing (attack signal) and if you pointed at him he would leap up and again wrap himself around your arm and use his back legs to “play” at tearing you up as real cats will do in a fight. However ours never extended his claws.
WE had a 95 lb German Shepherd and the cat was absolute King. The dog knew it too was smart enough to stay away when the cat decided to “play”. He would stalk the dog and the poor animal would get a panicked look on her face and wouldn't know what to do, mostly stood there with her eyes rolling looking as if she wanted to disappear. Sometimes if he got close enough he would leap at the dogs head and wrap front paws around dogs neck and hang on while the dog tried to shake her off.
All in fun and 10 minutes later they would be laying down curled out next to each other. He was a ferocious and fearless hunter and brought us rabbits, mice and chipmunks almost every day.
Finally, if you were not family, putting your hand out to pet him was definitely not a good idea.
Mine, too. If they were bigger than us, they’d kill and eat us. Here, kitty, kitty...
But they are not.
Just like poor parenting had no basis on kids in youth detention and worse, prisons. I am not going to disagree that one species is more aggressive than another in their influential ease of aggressive training, but leaving a kid to be influenced by the street is no different than those who think it is cute to see a puppy being aggressive.
The saying that kids learn what they live is equally applicable in the case of "training" animals. But just as equally, common sense is far too many times neglected while they are smarter than that little voice inside ones self.
Here we go.
With all due respect, they were BRED to be vicious. It is in their genetic makeup. Why do people consistently ignore that little fact, all the while hand-waving over story after story of these beasts chewing toddlers to pieces?...or in this case, a young adult woman?
One of each here. But, I’m pretty sure that Her Royal Highness thinks she’s a dog.
>>two presas <<
These are scary dogs.
With all due respect back to ya. Just as they were BRED to be vicious a long time ago, so were Yorkies. They were BRED to be rat killers in the sewers of England. So just how many stories are we seeing today of rabid Yorkies terrorizing the sewers of any city, toddlers or young adult women?
LOL! I thought Garfield was a cartoon!
Agreed, they're one of the half dozen or so breeds that are primarily responsible for fatal attacks, but pit bulls head that list.
That would be my first guess too.
Not always. Depends on the 'breeder'. But if you are taking them off the streets, as this woman was, and keeping 4 dogs of a type often bred by criminals for viciousness, then yeah...you are asking for trouble.
Take something like this weighing up to 160 lbs, add poor breeding, multiple dogs and a woman of uncertain experience, and you have a recipe for trouble:
If those are actual cats, they’re too fat to attack even a dust-bunny.
There are a lot of animals that are aggressive and prone to attack humans, including a number of breeds of dogs. However, only a few kinds are big and strong enough to do serious damage or kill.
Most dog *bites* are from small dogs such as miniature poodles and little terrier breeds, but most injuries/deaths involve pit bulls and rottweilers. It doesn’t make them more “vicious” as a breed than others, but it does make them more dangerous, and pretending otherwise can be fatal.
It is illegal to have one in my town. Here’s the deal. There are people that own pit bulls to fight to make them money because these people always have an angle and it is slavery to work an 8 to 5 minimum wage job according to them. These dogs are damaged. How they will respond in the future is problematic. They may be the nicest pups on the planet or they may be frightened and paranoid or somewhere in the middle.
There is another possibility. I had one problematic dog that I owned from the day she was born because her mother was also mine. The mother was sweet as pie. This little pup though, was always high strung nervous and tended to circle nonfamily members and nip without warning. Never again will I tolerate such a doggie. Although I kept that dog for 12 years until she was so old she had to be carried outside to do her thing, it was a long road with that dog, never easy. So some dogs just have a wired temperament NOT caused by human abuse. She had been to school and loved on and treated like a princess, but it didn’t make a difference. She was just nervous in the service.
I caught the cat and stuffed in the mailbox, then waited for the mailman.
Watching the mailman open the mailbox with that cat in it was a sight to behold.
Some are. The North American Cougar is more closely related to the house cat than any other species, and they exhibit many of the same traits. The Cougar. like the house cat, prefers to eat the organs of its prey while it is still alive. Some sources say that it is like ice cream to the big cats.
More big cat facts: http://www.wwbrock.com/COUGAR/index3.html
My mother is a sweet gentle soul and animal lover. She got a presa as a guard dog and after extensive training recognized in it the heart of a natural born cold as ice killer. She shot the thing and buried it and told anyone who asked that it ran away.
If she hadn't she might have ended up like this gal.
Some dogs are just killers - especially ones bred to BE killers.
Corgi puppy murdered near Coravllis within the last week. Corgi owner with 15 stitches trying to intervene. PB down, owner non apologetic and un moved by the loss of his PB.
True pit bulls do not get much over 70 pounds.
Further proof that pit bull haters are liars and cowards.
What’s it like to stay in on sunny days because you are scared of your own shadow?
With the combination she had, it’s not a surprise. Just consider that one of the dogs has an aggression for other dogs and she tried to stop a fight. I have tons of experience with lots of working type dogs, I did bitework with one last night.
You should be smart enough to realize that when one of these dogs ends up as an adoption, odds are if it’s a shepherd, dobe, presa, pit bull, rotty, it is there because it has bitten someone. That’s just a fact of life. Mixing four of them together is just ignorance IMO. I have no use for a truly aggressive dog, you are way better off to have a trained dog that will hit on command if needed because you are the one making the decisions. That’s also why you don’t hear the horror stories about malinois, dutch shepherds, working german shepherds, because they are taught to be social, and that the handler makes the decisions. They will bite and take someone down, but are really in their mind playing a game when they do it, some of these others are not that way.
Evidently not all of them.
First of all, remember that "rabid" in relation to dogs means they have rabies. Any "rabid" dog is dangerous. As to Yorkies being bred to be savage, who cares? They're just Yorkies. I could handle a Yorkie attack much better than one from a Pit-Bull. Remember that Pit-Bulls were bred to be killers in the Elizabethan bear-bating pits.
Moreover when they do “hit” it is with a mind to knock the threat over and SUBDUE it - by holding it by the neck. They are not bred to tear into the threat (as fighting dogs are) - but to subdue and hold.
But I doubt if there are nearly as Bull Mastiffs available for “rescue” because they have bitten someone they were not supposed to bite - as there are Pit Bulls and (apparently) Presas.
On a related matter a family member is a surgeon, and one of the things that said family member does on a regular basis is repair the faces of those who are attacked by their own dogs. One in particular was reattaching a nose that was bitten off by a "rescue dog". Moral of the story if you're going to have a dog, raise it from a puppy, don't pick up someone else's problems.
Maybe that WAS their best.
Ever hear of a “Liger”? News to me. Some kind of hybrid...
That picture is of a Presa Canario, and they have a (minimum) weight of 100 lbs - and weigh up to 160 lbs; and usually a surly disposition.
I disagree with your analogy. Guns don't go off on their own. Pit bulls are more like sweaty dynamite with paws.
Well, deny facts and evidence all you want. I’ve seen dozens and dozens of such stories over the years. Ignore ‘em if you wish. I won’t. I value my kids (now grandkids) too much.
We have a Yorkie named KiKi who runs out and terrorizes everyone until our chihuahua runs out and terrorizes him. LOL!!!
I’m neither a liar nor a coward, a**hole. Keyboard cowboys.....spare me.
We also have a pit bull next door that just oozes love and wiggles around for a dog bisquit but I wouldn’t go near that dog. Just don’t trust them.
A Tiger female pregnant with a Liger isn't prepared to deal with this the same way a Lion female is - and maternal investment is way out of whack - resulting in a HUGE cub that grows into a HUGE Liger.
A Tiglon, by contrast is from a male Tiger bred with a Lion female - they are smaller than either parent species because the Lion female is blunting the signal it isn't receiving at the same level from the Tiger male’s DNA contribution.
This is a very common occurrence when you mix a promiscuous species involved in an evolutionary arms race between male and female with a non-promiscuous species that is more ‘peaceful’ in it's DNA.
Thanks; makes perfect sense.
I wouldn't trust this animal to bring my slippers to me.
Yes, I saw them in a documentary.
My brother and his wife went to South Africa recently, and one of the activities on their safari was playing with cheetah kittens. My brother said they licked the skin off his arms just being friendly!
Things tend to end badly for people who keep cougars as pets.