19 Year Old Killed By Pack Of Dogs Outside Of Residence

Adrieanna O'Shea was mauled by a pack of five dogs, and succumbed to her injuries on Aug. 30.

Knoxville, TN – A 19-year-old Tennessee woman has died after being mauled by a pack of dogs in Knox County.

The fatal attack occurred outside a residence on Crescent Drive at approximately 2 p.m. on Aug. 23, after Adrieanna O’Shea stopped by a home to retrieve a purse that she had forgotten while visiting the night before, a neighbor told WBIR.

The neighbor said she was inside her own residence when she heard O’Shea say, “No Boscoe!”

A moment later, the young woman began screaming for help.

The neighbor ran outside and saw O’Shea being attacked by a pack of five dogs.

“[She] continued to scream and cry for help as the dogs were mauling her and dragging her towards the wooded area,” the witness said, according to WBIR.

The animals flung O’Shea into the air, but she finally managed to leap over a small fence to escape.

She suffered bite wounds all over her body, causing her to lose massive amounts of blood.

Knox County deputies responded to the scene to find emergency medical personnel rushing O’Shea to an ambulance on a gurney, WBIR reported.

The unresponsive victim’s clothes had been torn off during the attack, and her hair was matted with blood and mud, investigators said.

Deputies ultimately shot one of the dogs – a black lab/mastiff mix – after it attempted to attack them.

The other four dogs were transported to Young-Williams Animal Center, where they were later euthanized.

The dogs’ owner arrived at the scene shortly after O’Shea was mauled, and told deputies that the animals had been contained in the yard using an invisible fence, WBIR reported.

The owner said that the dogs were “just doing their job” protecting the residence, and that at least one of them had been trained to attack when it saw a firearm pointed in its direction, according to the news outlet.

The owner confirmed that the animals have all been euthanized.

"I would not own any kind of animal that would do something like this,” the owner told WBIR. “We are all traumatized with this freak accident and are praying for Adrieanna and her family.”

O’Shea died of her injuries on Aug. 30, according to her obituary.

It is unclear whether or not the dogs’ owner will face criminal charges in connection with O’Shea’s death.

Her funeral will take place on Friday.

Comments (86)
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jakki taylor
jakki taylor

Training or not, the owner should be charged and many large, stoic, breeds are not contained by invisible fence.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

That owner needs jail time. The same goes for owners of any dogs trained to attack, wich kill. It's the same thing as shooting a gun in the dark, not knowing what is there. I thought for sure pit bulls were involved.

CarlG
CarlG

The owner is lucky I'm not a family member.

LitheSteel
LitheSteel

No matter what, that was a horrible way to die.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Sorry to hear. But now it’s time to ban dogs! (You see how dumb that sounds?). If that were my daughter there’d be a dead owner in the pile of dead dogs.

SusieJ
SusieJ

My son was attacked 3 years ago by 2 pit bulls who got out of the back yard. They flanked him and attacked (he had no chance of defense as he is 4 ft 8 and has brittle bone disease). Thank God a tree trimmer was 2 houses down and heard my son screaming and came running with his trimmers and a pole. He beat the dogs off of Shawn and then killed them with his trimmer. He is and will remain a friend and hero to our family forever. Shawn ended up with 86 staples in his head, back, shoulder, right underarm, chest, and face. Plus one bit him so hard on his jaw that it broke it and he had to have his jaws wired shut. Sad thing was the owner was home and I saw him looking out the window and did nothing to call his dogs off. All of this happened in my son's own front yard.

Wyatt Earp
Wyatt Earp

Owner should spend the rest of his life in jail.

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

“I would not own any kind of animal that would do something like this....” Hey Goober; I can think of five examples where you’re wrong. The dogs weren’t “just doing their job” when they killed that beautiful young lady. Rather, you failed in your job as an owner to effectively secure potentially lethal property. You say you’re praying? Pray for yourself. A just God is would take a dim view of you justifying the negligence you displayed. Eat your “trauma” !!

DD2019
DD2019

I like how the owner sinultaneously claims that the dogs were trained to attack people, that they were "doing their job" by killing a young woman and continuing to tear her apart long after she was down and no longer a threat (she was trying to retreat), and then claims that they would "never own dogs capable of doing this." The owner should he prosecuted for reckless homicide or manslaughter, since they told police their dogs were trained to attack. They don't get to backpedal out of that once they realize the consequences of admitting to it. Hope they're sued into poverty as well.

Judid292
Judid292

Owner said they were just doing their job..... what?? They weren’t protecting THEIR property. They we’re uncontrolled (for some reason, crazy wild) - owner is responsible totally. Susie J: sorry to hear about your son. Unfortunately I can relate.

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

We need common sense dog control laws....

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Once again Pit bulls and I remember another story here just a couple of months ago . What a beautiful young girl to die so young and so needlessly. Although Mastiffs and Dobermans are vicious too, yet always stories about Pit bulls out of control ...and combined with an irresponsible owner. Legislation /laws need to change regarding this breed of dog.

tfort
tfort

How did one man get 5 police dogs?

Anomie88
Anomie88

In some states like PA. anyone can shoot dogs, if they are attacking other pets, people or livestock. The owner should be fined civilly and tried criminally.

Montana323
Montana323

Sickening story. Were there prior incidents with others being attacked by these dogs? Did the owner have warning signs placed around the yard that his dogs were trained attack dogs? These dogs seemed to attack someone they were familiar with, too. She called one name out. This idiot dog owner should be sued for everything and never be allowed to own dogs again. Basta.

bryantrent
bryantrent

Its the way theses dogs were raised to attack pit bulls and mixex breeds

Justgail
Justgail

For a group of dogs trained to guard an invisible fence should not be an option. A physical fence would be a warning to people even without signs about the dogs. As far as the dogs getting free all I have reference to is my old neighbors put in an invisible fence for their two large and one small dogs. The large dogs were constantly crossing over and thank goodness coming to my place so I could return them and close the gate to keep them home. Owner gave up and went back to having to close his gate which was why he wanted the invisible fence to begin with. Also dogs shouldn’t be alone for any extended time with an invisible fence.

Raymelson
Raymelson

Nobody should have 5 dogs trained to kill if it were my daughter an the courts didn't take action I would

MKD23
MKD23

She knew the dogs, as she had left her purse there and called at least one by name! The dogs were not controlled within that fence!

Bulldog
Bulldog

I have four dogs of my own and I would never even think of using an electric containment fence. I have one dog that is deaf and it's posted on my property that there is a deaf dog living here not that he would hurt anybody. I also have signs posting caution guard dog on duty all over my property. My dogs go out on tie outs to do their business and they come back in the house. The guard dog on duty signs are actually just a deterrent because not one of my dogs would hurt anybody. And before anybody says I don't know my dog's yes I do. People come in my yard to visit or to sell something and my dogs if they're outside greet them with wagging tails and don't even bark. My next door neighbor had a containment underground fence and his dogs would leave the yard quite frequently. I have done home checks 4 people looking to adopt a dog and if they have the underground fence they are very quickly rejected from adopting. To use this kind of fence to contain large breed Mastiff type dogs is Thoroughly ridiculous and this owner needs to be held responsible 4 what his dogs that he trained did to this beautiful young woman!. I hope and pray to God he does some jail time and is prevented from ever owning any type of dog ever again

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

K9's are deadly force, f'sure.

Richhead
Richhead

The owner needs to be prosecuted. Invisible fences aren't always effective with big breeds and I wouldn't trust one with people's lives or safety. A good physical barrier is what's required and BTW, what the hell do you need with FIVE dogs???

hleinen
hleinen

If she entered the unoccupied residence on her own, then the fault lies with the victim. Prior to becoming a LEO I was a letter carrier in the early 70's when there were no leash laws. I was attacked a number of times and received seven bites that required medical treatment. This report suggests that the victim did indeed enter the residence alone. A tragedy yes, but not a crime based on what has been reported.

Jeff1245
Jeff1245

An invisable fence should not have been used for attack dogs ,some can get by them even if they are shocked ,just like a taser will not stop everybody when used.

Shadylady62
Shadylady62

Invisible fencing and electric fencing are not totally reliable in containing animals. If the electricity powering the impulses to the fencing becomes grounded or otherwise interrupted, the fencing is useless. Anyone using this type of fencing for vicious dogs needs to be prosecuted for manslaughter at the very least.

motorcop01
motorcop01

Sounds like the owner should be charged with a minimum of manslaughter by failure to control vicious animals. Maybe they should've just shot him. Invisible fence huh?

Qovefefe
Qovefefe

A black lab/Mastif mix?? "They threw her in the air and then dragged her into the wooded area!" What the hell is in your home that you need it surrounded by the hounds of hell?

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

An invisible fence "supposedly" stops the resident animal from crossing a "line". It takes one second, one jolt and they're gone. They DO NOT stop another animal coming into the yard and being chased off and poof, the resident dog is free.....What a horror that poor girl went through. I can't imagine the pain she went through and seeing those teeth slashing her. I'm so so sorry for her. The owner of these dogs needs to be charged. I'd like to know if those dogs have been problems in the past.

Nick920
Nick920

Oh Internet tough guy Ha Ha