Volunteer Mauled To Death By Dog At Humane Society Shelter

Volunteer Christine Liquori died after she was mauled and mutilated by a dog on May 9.

Fort Pierce, FL – A volunteer at the Humane Society of St. Lucie County’s Fort Pierce shelter was found mauled to death by a rescue dog.

The incident occurred in the early afternoon on May 9 when Christine Liquori stopped by the animal shelter to volunteer to walk some dogs, WPTV reported.

Another volunteer told police she saw the 52-year-old Liquori looking for a dog to walk at about 12:15 p.m., Treasure Coast Newspapers reported.

When volunteer Dale Mutchler arrived shortly after 2 p.m. to take a turn dog walking, he noticed that Amos the pit bull’s kennel was empty and went looking for him.

He found Liquori face down in the yard near the fence, and saw Amos nearby with blood all over his face.

Mutchler checked Liquori for a pulse but said he did not find one.

He said he cautiously put Amos on a leash and walked him back to his crate, and then asked someone in the shelter to call for help, Treasure Coast Newspapers reported.

Humane Society Executive Director David Robertson went outside and saw Liquori on the ground, and then he called 911.

Fort Pierce police released the audio of that 911 call on May 15.

“We found a lady lying in our yard,” Robertson told the dispatcher.

“Is she awake?” the dispatcher asked.

“No,” he replied.

“Is she breathing?” the dispatcher asked.

“Uh no, I don’t believe she is,” Robertson said.

“Do you know how long she’s been out there for? You have no idea?” the dispatcher asked.

“I don’t know. No,” he replied.

“Ok,” the dispatcher said.

“Do you want to try CPR? I can give you instructions,” the dispatcher offered.

“No. She’s um… she’s mutilated. And she’s dead. She also has a severe laceration on her right arm,” Robertson explained to the 911 operator.

Liquori’s death was ruled accidental due to the severe loss of blood from dog bites, according to WPEC.

Police said she was alone when she was attacked.

The dog that attacked her was euthanized the next day.

Robertson said Amos had been brought to the shelter on April 15 after somebody found him roaming the streets, WPTV reported.

He said the dog had never showed any signs of aggression before it killed Liquori.

“We’ve lost a dear friend here, and the dogs have lost a dear, dear friend,” Robertson said, according to WPEC. “Just a heart of gold for these dogs.”

Liquori was a volunteer at the shelter and had worked the last three years with a group called Paws Fur Recovery, an organization made of recovering addicts who work with the dogs that are the most problematic, according to WPEC.

Lori Boettger, Paws Fur Recovery founder, told Treasure Coast Newspapers that she is still committed to supporting the Fort Pierce facility despite Liquori’s death.

“We love the Fort Pierce dogs. That shelter does not have enough volunteers,” Boettger said, according to the Treasure Coast Newspapers. “That place will always have a special place in my heart.”

Other volunteers at the animal shelter said that Liquori loved working with the animals.

“No matter how many times she came here, she was just as excited,” Paws Fur Recovery member Jen Capano told WPEC. “This was her thing, like, she loved all beings, but especially these broken dogs.”

Boettger and Capano both said Liquori would not have wanted her death to prevent other people from volunteering at the shelter.

Robertson said that the shelter is reviewing all its safety protocols in the wake of Liquori’s death, Treasure Coast Newspapers reported.

He said they were particularly examining the dog-walking protocols for volunteers.

Comments (64)
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LEO0301
LEO0301

Sadly, the majority of dogs you'll find in shelters are either pit bulls or pit bull mixes. The people who own these type of dogs tend to be irresponsible with their care and many find their way into shelters. It's a shame what happened but I don't know the answer to prevent it in the future. You can't put the volunteers in bite suits.

Rayb
Rayb

Put bulls are unpredictable.. so sad

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

Only one good use for a pit bull: target practice.

Gramercy
Gramercy

Have to admit..not a good dog to have in a shelter to put up for adoption by one unsuspecting. They are killers...and that is that!

Cartgal
Cartgal

So tragic. You hear these stories about pit bulls more than any other breed.

Divadeb
Divadeb

I've been around pit bulls a long time, pit bulls are trained to be vicious&guard dogs for drug houses,raised to be fighting dogs.The fact is they starve,beat&chain them with heavy chains they use to pull heavy machinery. I have never seen a loved our bull attack ppl for no reason. It's not the dog, it's the ppl. It's so sad to see pit bulls labeled wrongfully. There might be 1 in 100 cases where they attack for no reason, but that's in every dog.

UhO5O
UhO5O

One reason their bites get on the news is the damage the can do. I have an American Bulldog checking in at 125#. She is a baby. She is a bulldog where a Pitbull is a Terrier. She has a little stronger bite. I also have a Rabbit/Pocket Beagle checking in at 24#. My Bulldog will allow me to do anything to her. The Beagle would bite me in a split second to begin with if I tried to even move her over. She broke the skin. It hurt a little but she doesn't have all that strength behind her bite. One of my sons left the front door cracked one night and both escaped. I saw them just as their butts exited. My Bulldog was not aggressive at that time towards new people. She saw them as one more person to love her. But I never let her just run free bc the things that had been said but whatever about that. My new neighbor 🤬 a few doors down tried to kill her by picking her up by her head and saying he was going to break her neck. He was very tall and here she was dangling by her head but at least he had taken her in his yard. He just better be glad I was still recovering from one of the many surgeries I had from the accident I was in that killed my youngest son! Because I would have beat the absolute crap out of him. I finally begged enough until he slammed her to the ground! I was most pleased when she sprang back up like Tigger and bit him in the below the belt part of his body ripping the front part of his clothing off. She definitely made contact with skin too. After that she is afraid of everyone new. A dog's reaction to fear is to protect themselves. His stupidity caused this. It also caused me to spend forever trying to find my youngest son's Beagle! That little girl could track him from walking to his friend's houses forever and run like crazy when you tried to catch her. I'm sorry I was rambling. My point being the idiot neighbor grabbed the American Bulldog who didn't bite instead of the Beagle who would. Just bc of the breed!

Stanracer
Stanracer

Seems like every time you hear about a dog attacking and injuring (or killing) someone, it is a pitbull. Clearly they are a dangerous breed.

sanman899
sanman899

Pits are un predictable.

Libssuckroyally
Libssuckroyally

First off all the people bashing pit bulls do your research first. A pitbull made it to the rank of Sergeant in World War 1 his name was Sergeant Stubby. The dog on The Little Rascals was a pitbull also. Pit bulls used to be called the nanny dog because of their loving nature. Two-thirds of the pit bulls in shelters are not even pitbulls nor do they have any Pitbull DNA in them. There are 12 different bully breeds and most of them look like a pitbull but have no DNA making them as such and these are all purebred dogs. You have your backyard breeders that will breed a male and a female dog that they got his puppies without knowing where those puppies came from. They do not know the history of the parents therefore they don't know what they're breeding so you don't know really what you're getting when you buy one of these puppies. Do not blame the breed blame me owner As for the dogs that fight and kill other animals they are specially trained to do so. From a very early age they are taught to kill small animals like kittens and told that they are a " good dog " which is all any dog wants to hear. Then as they get older they are given what is called a bait dog 2 gain confidence in the fighting ring. The bait dog will have its teeth filed down or its muzzle duct taped or maybe both Plus have its legs broken so it can't run away. The dog being trained to fight then gains more confidence because of course the dog is fighting can't do anything. Sometimes these dogs will be giving gunpowder as well. They are Tethered on very strong chains to build up muscle and fed sparingly. They're also chained onto treadmills to build up endurance. There is a lot that goes into a champion fighting dog. Look at Michael Vick's dogs. Only one was euthanized out of the 50 + dogs taken from his property. Some of them even went on to be service dogs and therapy dogs because they're not vicious towards humans only other animals. Look back at your different dogs that have been discriminated against in the last 30-40 years. They were against the Doberman Pinscher and the Rottweiler because they didn't understand the breed. Now the Pitbull because of the 13% of the population wants to d a so-called big man and have a pitbull that'll fight another dog. Everything concerning a dog is first and foremost how they are raised. A well-socialized dog will not attack another animal nor will it attack a human. I don't care what breed of dog it is. Backyard breeders are what have ruined the so-called Pitbull. And in actuality there is no dog on AKC registry or CKC registry that is classified as a pitbull. That is just a name that is given 2 a dog that looks like the Staffordshire Bull Terrier or the American Staffordshire Terrier! I have a little rescue dog that yeah she looks like a Staffordshire Bull Terrier but I had DNA done on her and she does not have any Pitbull DNA in her. She's 75% Boston Terrier and 25% English bulldog. Yet because of her facial structure everyone thinks that she is a pitbull and I rescued her from a subhuman that was going to use her to breed more fighting dogs. She is the sweetest thing on the face of the Earth. She has never met a person or another dog that she doesn't love. So before you Bash a particular breed of dog do some research. Go to the shelter and meet some of these so-called pitbulls before you condemn all dogs that look like an American Staffordshire Terrier or a Staffordshire Bull Terrier to death. They just might surprise you

Justgail
Justgail

Irresponsible breeding plays a big part in pits, mixes and really any other breed. People having the wrong breed as to why they want a dog. Sad to say but sometimes it is better to humanely euthanize than to see a dog so mentally damaged on top of bad genetics.

5150
5150

Big surprise. Another Pit bull kills a person. Now bring on the Pit supporters so they can twist the facts to make themselves feel better. It is a worthless breed.

Libssuckroyally
Libssuckroyally

@Stanracer

Gretagarbo
Gretagarbo

Apparently the woman was alone and looking for a dog to walk. That doesn’t seem like a wise policy for the shelter to have.