66-Year-Old Woman On Walk Is Mauled To Death By Two Dogs

A North Carolina woman was found dead on the side of a road where police say she was killed by two dogs.

Lake Tillery, NC – A 66-year-old North Carolina woman was killed Aug. 9 when it is believed she was attacked by two dogs while she was taking a walk.

The woman was found after she went on her customary walk in her lakefront neighborhood and never returned, according to Montgomery County Sheriff Chris Watkins, according to a press release.

After the woman was missing for several hours, the woman’s husband along with others searched the area but couldn’t find the woman. They called the police, who located the woman on the side of an unused road in the neighborhood, according to The News & Observer.

There was an investigation that included the Medical Examiner’s Office, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and Animal Control officials that determined the woman was attacked by dogs, according to Sheriff Watkins.

Officials searched the neighborhood and located two pit bulls and physical evidence that showed the dogs were involved in the attack of the woman, the police said.

The dogs were placed into quarantine and the dogs’ owner cooperated with authorities, according to WSOC-TV.

“The owner agreed for the dogs to be euthanized so they could be forensically examined to see if they suffered from rabies,” Sheriff Watkins said Saturday in an interview with The News & Observer.

Sheriff Watkins said that medical examiners also wanted to study the animals’ jaw sizes.

“This is a very tragic event, which has deeply affected the family, friends, deputies and first responders,” Sheriff Watkins said in the press release according to The News & Observer. “Our thoughts and prayers are being extended to all.”

The case remains a death investigation and is not a criminal investigation, according to Sheriff Watkins.

The District Attorney’s Office is still reviewing the attack, according to the Springfield News-Sun.

Police didn’t release the name of the victim.

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so sorry for the woman and her family. this must be a hard time for everyone. This attack is why pit bulls have such a bad rep. I have learned that poodles actually bite more often, but they can't do the damage that a pit bull can, so consequently it is more newsworthy if a pitbull attacks anyone or another dog or cat. so sad they had to be put down. police need to investigate the owner and how he raised those dogs and how he contained them, or lack thereof.


What a horrible way to die. Poor lady - to die helpless and alone, at the mercy of the dogs.

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Burgers Allday

Dogs are deadly force.


I just do not understand, how is the owner of these dogs not being charged? A human life was lost due to his or her negligence! Is it at least not manslaughter? Fucking pit bulls.


NEVER America's dog. Never. Always a fighting animal, bred to kill or die trying.

Lillian Rant pit bull nanny myth;

“The first time bully breeds were ever referred to as Nanny dogs was in 1971. In an article written by Lillian Rant, a British born staffy owner who ran the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Society of America, as well as a breeder of Staffies and in an attempt to erase their dogfighting past, she invented this Dickensian protector, which would lie in bed with a child, then jump out, save a child from threats and then jump back in bed with the child, ripped to shreds and she referred to it as "the nursemaid's dog"

The second such instance of the term Nanny Dog, came from the Toronto star in 1987. Kathy Thomas, who was also a staffy owner and breeder spoke about dog fighting in her area and pit bulls/staffies being used. She willingly lied and said that they can't be used for fighting as Staffordshire bull terriers are nanny dogs because her 4 staffies are great with her kids.

Look through any breeders’ almanac or any other pre-1970 source and you'll NOT find any reference to the pit bulldog or the bull terrier being used for nanny purposes, only for fighting and killing. The earliest I could find but didn't last long, was the staged turn of the century pictures of pits and children. However, the thinly veiled link was Nanna from Peter Pan, as the stage show was out, but nanna in the story has been a Labrador, a St. Bernard and a Newfoundland, not a bully.”

It seems the nanny dog myth has a life of its own and is getting children killed every year. Even some pro-pit bull type dog pages debunk the nanny dog myth;

It is really sad and frustrates me that naive adopters still fall for the myth, a myth invented to try to push their dangerous dogs into more homes. Those homes often become a killing zone for children. Over and over again, people join the "ban pit bull" ranks after a pit bull "incident" that happened because they believed the nanny myth. It makes me sad for the maimed and killed and angry with the promoters of the myth.

#GeneticsMatters #BreedMatters #WontBackDown #SpayNeuterPitsToExtinction #PittersHateChildren


To those foolish enough to ignore canine genetic behaviors, I have a fun challenge for you.

Point out 1 pit bull that can retrieve downed game birds from an icy pond, without disemboweling it. Retrievers were selectively bred for this task, no training beyond voice commands is required.

Point out 1 pit bull that can pull a sled in Alaska’s Iditarod. Huskies and Malamutes are bred with those physical and mental skills.

Point out 1 pit bull that can herd sheep. Border Collies excel at this job, training not required.

Point out 1 pit bull that can locate game and hold a point. Pointers live to point to game and flush on command, again, not a trained skill rather, one inherited through their genetics.

Point out 1 pit bull that can flush game out of a tunnel. Dachshunds excel at this job.

Point out 1 pit bull that can compete in a dog race. Sighthounds love to chase game.

Point out 1 dogfighting organization that has used Labs. Upland game is their specialty.

Point out 1 dogfighting organization that has used Cocker Spaniels. Woodcock hunters.

Point out 1 dogfighting organization that has used Chihuahuas, after all they bite more. Lap dogs.

Point out 1 dogfighting organization that has used Beagles. Scenthound hunters.

Pit bulls have been selectively bred since the 1830’s to fight and die in a pit for the dogfighting entertainment industry.

Genetics matters, breeding matters, end dogfighting.

#GeneticsMatters #BreedMatters #WontBackDown #SpayNeuterPitsToExtinction #PittersHateChildren


Prayers for this woman's family. Not the place to debate if Pits are good or bad.🙏🏼❤️


I have observed over decades a series of problems with many dog owners ,... and not always the dogs themselves. I have lived in several states and in varying types of housing from which I reflect on prior personal examples . The common thread observed among dog owners (amazingly ) is a lack of acknowledgement that not everyone else loves your dog/ or dogs in general , may have had a bad prior experience with dogs, are highly allergic to dogs, or just may have a preference of maintaining their own distance from dogs. Many people I describe are not anti-dog ...they are just not as thrilled as the dog owner may be about dogs. Yet dog owners appear to be oblivious,wrongly and automatically assume that since they themselves love their own dog, well then so should others as well. I have routinely observed an almost defiant refusal to keep one on a leash in public , keep the dog away from approaching others, keep the dog quiet, pick up after the dog, and despite laws restricting all of what is mentioned the owner likely is aware but may still refuse to comply with laws and ordinances........When you add into this equation a breed that can be aggressive and the irresponsibility demonstrated by the owner then you have a recipe for crossing over into what has been told here. The owner described here should be charged,arrested and either heavily fined, incarcerated or both if found guilty in court /and by a judge.