71-year-old woman mauled to death by pit bulls
WXYZ Detroit – 7/17/16
DETROIT (WXYZ) –
Fate of four pit bulls in limbo after fatal mauling of 71-year-old owner
DETROIT — Detroit police say they’ve completed their investigation in the fatal Saturday mauling of a 71-year-old Detroit woman by her own pet dog.
One of the four dogs in the home, described in the Detroit police report as pit bulls or pit bull-mixes, crushed the neck of owner Elizabeth Rivera, who was found dead inside her southwest Detroit home by a relative Saturday night.
The death was ruled accidental by the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s office following an autopsy. Rivera died of a “crush injury to the neck.”
“I don’t know if all of the dogs were involved in the attack or just one,” Detroit Police Officer Jennifer Moreno said Monday.
Grandma Gets Eaten By Her Own Pet
A Detroit woman was attacked and mauled to death by her own pit bull in front of her house on July 16.
Elizabeth Rivera, 71, died of a crush injury to her neck. The coroner ruled Rivera’s death an accident following an autopsy, reports Detroit Free Press.
According to Detroit Police Sgt. Michael Woody, Rivera’s pit bull bit her in the neck, severed her jugular vein, and mauled her on the ground. Rivera’s granddaughter discovered her body, WDIV reports.
“We have no idea and even family members are baffled,” said Captain John Serda of why the dog attacked, reports WDIV. “I feel so bad for the family members to have dogs that belong to your family do something like this is beyond comprehension.”
The case bears a resemblance to a case in Shaker Heights, Ohio in 2015. In that case, 71-year-old Annie Williams was mauled to death by a pit bull when she went to visit family members.
Woman, 71, killed by pit bull in Detroit identified
A 71-year-old southwest Detroit woman was attacked and killed by her own pit bull dog Saturday night, police said.
Authorities said Elizabeth Rivera died in the attack. She died of a crush injury to the neck, said Lloyd Jackson, a spokesman for the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office. He said that the manner of death was accident. An autopsy was performed today.
The incident happened about 8 p.m. at her home in the 2000 block of Ferdinand, near Vernor Highway, according to Sgt. Michael Woody of Detroit Police.
Woody said the dog, one of four in the home, bit the woman, knocking her down, and then bit her throat, severing her jugular vein. She died at the scene.
2016 Dog Bite Fatality: Family Pit Bull Kills 71-Year Old Woman in Southwest Detroit
Previous Attack Photos
UPDATE 07/20/16: The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s office said that 71-year old Elizabeth Rivera died of “crush injury to the neck.” The manner of death was ruled an accident. The autopsy was performed on July 17, reports the Detroit Free Press. The following day, Detroit police stated they had completed their investigation, though it was unknown if one or more family pit bulls were involved in the fatal attack. Rivera was found dead inside her home by a relative Saturday night.
WXYZ Detroit reported new details in a news video Monday, along with photographs of Rivera’s injuries involving a previous attack by a different pit bull. That attack was first reported as occurring last August. However, the WXYZ video states that it was several years ago, and Rivera had to undergo extensive surgeries and skin grafts after that family pit bull attacked her face. It was later put down. The loved one who spoke to WXYZ would not appear on camera in fear of retaliation.
American Pit Bull Terrier
The American Pit Bull Terrier is, like all the ‘bully’ breeds, one of this group of descendants of the British ‘bull and terrier’ type fighting bulldogs. Once imported into the United States, it was bred up to be bigger again, and again used in baiting animals and in dogfighting. The American Kennel Club (founded 1884) was unwilling to register these fighting dogs, so in 1898 the United Kennel Club was founded specifically to register working pit-fighting dogs and to promote dogfighting. In order to be registered, a dog had to first win three pit fights7,8,9. The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) became a ‘breed’. As dogfighting declined in popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, Colby (the most famous and prolific breeder of these dogs) began to search for a new market and began promoting the APBT as family pets10,11. This despite the fact that his breeding lines included child killers12.
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