Elderly woman attacked, killed by pit bull
Posted: Sep 28, 2014 8:17 PM CDT – Updated: Sep 29, 2014 5:56 AM CDT – Posted by Region 8 Newsdesk
An elderly woman was attacked and killed by her own dog Friday afternoon in Cave City.
Sharp County Dispatch received a 911 call around 2:16 p.m. from a woman saying a dog was attacking her mother.
The Cave City Police Department, Cave City Fire Department, Sharp County Sheriff’s Department and Spring River Ambulance Service responded to the house on North Melody Lane.
Woman dead after dog attack
Posted: Sep 28, 2014 5:40 PM CDT – Updated: Oct 08, 2014 4:51 PM CDT – By Janelle Lilley, Reporter
Family members were able to get the dog off the woman and into the backyard. When police arrived, they put the dog down.
The daughter told police the pit bull belonged to her mother.
Payne’s body has been transported to the state crime lab for an autopsy. The body of the dog was turned over to the Arkansas Department of Health for testing of diseases.
Family pit bull kills elderly Cave City woman
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 –
Cave City Sergeant Bryan Barnett, the first officer to respond to the scene, was met by Huckabee who confirmed the dog was a pit bull belonging to her mother. Barnett discovered Payne’s body and saw extensive injuries from apparent dog bites. She was not breathing and found to be deceased. The dog was later put down by Jonathan Marlow, who also responded to the scene. The dog was sent to the Arkansas Department of Health for testing.
2014 Dog Bite Fatality: Woman Killed by Family Pit Bull in Cave City, Arkansas
Vicious Dog Ordinance
UPDATE 10/24/14: The mauling death of 75-year old Alice Payne by her pet pit bull on September 26 has prompted Cave City Council members to consider a vicious dog ordinance. In the days following the deadly attack, Cave City Police Chief Nate Stephens asked council members to consider one. The first discussion of the possible ordinance is set for October 28 at the Cave City City Hall. Stephens recently discussed pit bulls on the police department Facebook page:
“These dogs were bred to fight to death, bite harder, get stronger and be tougher. This breed is what is known as pit bulls. They get the name from the dogs being placed in pits to fight each other. These dogs weren’t bred for intelligence, to be docile or make good pets. They were made to kill another man’s dog. I have seen some pits that are really nice dogs. I have a friend who has one that will lick you to death. But you never know when a pit will go back to what it is bred to do. Some never do go back and continue to be good pets. However, it’s a roll of the dice and you never know how they will fall. Statistics shows, that most will turn on their owners and usually a child of the owner. Some of them turn on whoever is handy when they decide to snap. Some say all dogs will bite and that is true, but pits are more likely to maul and finish the job if they can, and other breeds bite and run or back off. Pits can’t be blamed, it was what they were made to do.” Cave City Police Chief Nate Stephens
Breeds in the Pit Bull family are the most common surrendered and stray dog breeds in the animal sheltering system. They are also the most commonly euthanized dog breed. Owners are often unaware and unprepared for these breeds. While many families own bully breeds successfully and have only positive experiences with the breed, there are families they are not suited for. Because shelters are so full of APBTs and other Pit Bull types, it’s important to neuter your APBT rather than breeding it – for the sake of the APBTs themselves18. No dog lover wants to breed any kind of dog only to have it quickly end up in a shelter after it’s sold!
The American Pit Bull Terrier requires a minimal amount of grooming and only sheds lightly. They are prone to several medical issues such as hip dysplasia, cataracts, allergies, and heart disease. They usually weigh between 30-70 lbs and their average lifespan is about 12 years.
In North America, from 1982-2013, Pit Bull breeds and mixes have seriously attacked 2,990 humans that resulted in 1,777 maimings and 275 deaths.