Woman Mauled To Death By Dog She Adopted Two Weeks Earlier

Robin Conway was found by police after being killed by her dog.

Columbia, MD A 64-year-old woman was killed by a dog on Monday that she had rescued two weeks earlier.

A family member reported finding Robin Conway injured in her backyard at about 7:20 p.m. Sept. 3.

The family member called 911 and tied the dog to a fence.

Police and paramedics arrived and pronounced Conway dead at the scene with significant injuries, according to WBAL-TV.

When police arrived, the dog was still tied to the fence. The dog was lunging on the leash and had to be subdued by an animal control officer.

The dog, identified as a pit bull, was then euthanized. The necropsy was to be performed on the dog to see if it had rabies or any other medical issues.

There had been no other calls to animal control about the dog, according to WBAL. The only information the police had about the adoption was that it was from out of state.

My sister was an animal person. My sister was a caring person. When we went to make service arrangements, the person said, wow, she had hundreds, and hundreds, and hundreds of friends, Conway's sister Susan LeClair said, according to WTTG-TV. Robin gave her time and gave herself to the animals. She was wonderful.

LeClair said her sister owned pit-bull mix breeds in the past. She said that one dog shouldnt cast a bad light on pit bulls.

They were pit-bull mixes, not pure breed, LeClair told WTTG. They were great. I have friends who have been owners of pit-bull mixes and they were great so there was something wrong, obviously, with this particular dog that is not to be taken as something to be held against all pit bulls or pit-bull mixes because there are some lovely ones out there.

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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

I agree that not all pits should be considered bad, but she looked way too old to be trying to take care of a stray pit by herself.

Propolice
Propolice

64 is not too old to adopt a dog, any dog. This particular dog must have had issues that werent diagnosed by the shelter. Im not placing blame on them as most likely the previous owners were responsible for the pups aggression. Im very happy to hear that the womans family is not placing blame on all pits. So sorry this happened, God Bless

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

I understand that those who love pit bulls always defend the dogs when something like this happens but in my state you better have them on a leash or face a heavy fine and there is a reason for that. My neighbor who is a pastor at a local church walked out to start his car one winter morning and as he came around the side of his house, 3 pit bulls whose owner was in town from out of state and visiting another neighbor let his pits out to do their job when they saw the pastor outside. All 3 dogs attacked the pastor. One dog was jumping to try to get the pastors throat and the other 2 were tearing his leg up. The pastor was in critical condition after the attack. All 3 dogs had to be euthanized . The dogs owner went to jail plus a heavy fine and a law suit. The noise of the attack got my attention and I witnessed that one dog doing it's best to reach the pastors throat. The police said the only thing that protected the pastor from having his throat ripped open was because he was so tall and able to keep the dog down. Sorry, but I have seen how horribly vicious those dogs are and I don't want one anywhere near me. Because of that horrid attack, my city laid down some of the toughest pit bull dog laws in the state.

lmr111702
lmr111702

How did this dog maul her to death if it was tied to a fence?????

angeljako
angeljako

Start fining and arresting animal abusers instead of banning breeds. You'll see the dog attack statistics go down guaranteed. Behind every dog attack, there's an (ex-)owner who does not know what they're doing, abusing/neglecting the dog, or even worse, intentionally train the dog to be aggressive.

Bristol BJ
Bristol BJ

Sadly, this is happening all too often. My oldest son rescued a beautiful caramel colored Pit Bull a few years ago, I think it was in 2014. For the most part, Cain was well mannered, obedient, liked to snuggle, all of the things that makes for a good dog. He had Cain for a matter of months, Cain was checked out by the Vet, he had a large fenced in yard, plenty of attention, toys, good nourishing food. Lots of play time with all of the family. He seemed to be well adjusted and happy. I work nights and in the late fall of that year, I was awoken by my other son, that something was wrong and Kim needed me. Up I sprang. I found him in my kitchen with a towel on his face bleeding. Kim had fallen asleep on his couch and was awakened by Cain who standing on his chest and chewing on his face. After a brief struggle, he managed to get Cain into his kennel and come down to my house. Needless to say, I put him in the truck and off to the ER we go. After driving an hour commute in less time we make it to hospital, yes I did break a few speed laws. During the admission process, he stated he'd been dog attacked. Then after many hours in hospital, hundreds of stitches to his face, his upper and lower lips were incised to the bone and were taken off the bone, there was a serious deep slash just below his right eye. He was very lucky, the attending doctor is a prominent cosmetic surgeon in our area and there are still some visible scarring. The attack was reported to animal control as the law demands and Cain was taken away before we got back from hospital. We didn't know a lot about his history, but we wanted to give him a second chance. Two of the previous owners gave him away, the last one was going to take him to a high-kill shelter that's why he was taken in by my son. Ultimately Cain was euthanized, my son had thousands of dollars of medical bills to get his face back in order. It was a bad situation all around. Do I blame the breed? No. I blame the guy who cut Cain's ears off close to his head so that they would not be a problem when Cain was possibly put into a fighting arena, the one who must have abused the animal to the point he snapped after becoming an adult dog. In retrospect, he had to have been trained to be a fighting dog. That is the only explanation I can think of. Too bad we cannot ferret out these people and teach them a lesson. All dogs deserve so much better, and Cain paid the price of someone else's mistakes as did my son who only wanted to provide a good home for a too, too many times discarded dog.

Richard Kurtz
Richard Kurtz

Gee what a surprise. It was a Pit Bull....

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

What a shame....I have a pittie mix and is one of the sweetest dogs I have ever had...it sits in my lap and licks my face and her pup is the same....a friend of mine had one years ago that passed but it would sit on your lap and lick your face as well!!!

nenasmiller
nenasmiller

Until abusers are really punished so that this quits happening , the animals and subsequent owners will bear the pain and injury. What a sad story this is.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Even if the fault of the owner, the dog breed seems to surface again and again in similar stories. Owner irresponsibility combined with a violent animal is an equation that typically does not end well . Something in this equation needs to change .

Warfighter2005
Warfighter2005

Drug Dealers buy Pitbulls & try to make them mean & then grow tired of caring for them & they end up in animal rescue. Every mean Pitbull starts this way.

angeleyes
angeleyes

poor woman, poor pittie. One of the sad parts is this will be used against all the breed even more. The problem with getting a pit from a shelter is you don't know what it's history is, you know what signs to look for if they've been used for fighting, and some get past that. I would not take the chance of one that's been used for fighting, but that's just me. As soon as you get one, take it to a trainer so you have a better idea of how it is. The problem is that according to stats from last year pitbulls have the highest kill ratio at 74%, then it goes to Shepherds at 10%; etc. the big dogs get the high stats because they are big. little dogs if they could would kill (poodles, dachshunds, etc) just are not able to.