Woman found mauled to death by dog in Screven Co.
By Dal Cannady, Reporter
SCREVEN CO., GA (WTOC) –
Investigators say 30-year-old Michelle Wilcox died when her boyfriend’s pit bull mauled her at his home, near Newington, while he was at work.
Investigators in the area are calling it one of the most tragic situations they’ve ever seen. Around 6 p.m. Monday night, they got the 911 call of a dead person at the home on Jenkins Lane.
They found a horrific scene, the woman dead from a dog attack.
“We may never know why. The dog was raised from a puppy in the house. Always inside. She came home and let it out and seemed to be doing the normal routine. The dog just attacked. Not sure we’ll ever know why,” said Screven County Sheriff Mike Kile.
Investigators say none of the dogs in the home had any known history of viciousness or aggression.
Georgia woman attacked, killed by boyfriend’s pit bull
Published 12:25 am, Thursday, August 4, 2016 – Huron Daily Tribune
NEWINGTON, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a Georgia woman has been killed by her boyfriend’s pit bull.
Screven County Sheriff Mike Kile told media outlets in a statement Tuesday that 30-year-old Michelle Wilcox was found dead Monday night at a home near Newington from an apparent dog attack.
Kile says no one else was home at the time of the incident. He says the male pit pull was put down by the owner immediately following the discovery of the attack.
He says an autopsy revealed Wilcox died as a result of injuries received from the attack.
Investigators say Wilcox was familiar with the pets at that residence and had handled them safely on numerous occasions in the past. None of the dogs in the home had any known history of viciousness or aggression.
Pit bull “raised from a puppy, always inside” kills animal expert
Victim was 500th fatality of molosser-breed dogs since 1982
NEWINGTON, Georgia––Georgia Department of Agriculture meat inspector Michelle Wilcox, 30, on August 2, 2016 “died when her boyfriend’s pit bull mauled her at his home, near Newington,” in rural Screven County, Georgia, reported Dal Cannady of WTOC News.
Wilcox, an equestrian who had studied pre-veterinary medicine at Gainesville State College and animal science at the University of Georgia, thereby became the 500th person to be killed by a dog in the molosser or “bully” breed category since ANIMALS 24-7 editor Merritt Clifton began logging fatal and disfiguring dog attacks in the U.S. and Canada since 1982.
The molosser breed category includes pit bulls, Rottweilers, Presa Canarios, Cane Corsos, mastiffs, Dogo Argentinos, Fila Brasieros, Sharpeis, boxers, and their mixes.
GEORGIA 30-year-old Michelle Wilcox was mauled to death by her boyfriend's trusted pit bull at his home, near…
2016 Dog Bite Fatality: Woman Mauled to Death by Her Boyfriend’s Pit Bull in Georgia
No History of Aggression for Any of the Dogs?
UPDATE 08/04/16: Since news broke Tuesday about the fatal dog mauling of Michelle Wilcox, the public has been told that no dogs belonging to her boyfriend had “any known history of viciousness or aggression,” according to Screven County Sheriff’ Mike Kile’s news release. That information is no longer valid; one of the male pit bulls had previously attacked. We also now know the identity of the boyfriend and that he owned four adult pit bulls — two females and two males.
Devin Bannon is the boyfriend of Wilcox and clearly states so on his public Facebook page. His male pit bull Conan is still being used as his cover photo. On July 18, Bannon posted an image of his pit bulls: Muffin, Kaos, Conan and Molly. We presume Muffin is a female, so that leaves Kaos or Conan as the male fatal attacker. According to Kaos’ former owner, Troy Johnson, “Kaos, ended with some legal charges over an attack, sent him to a farm in Statesboro with Devin.”
American Pit Bull Terrier
An APBT may never show this aggression, but if it does there will be no warning and the attack will not be easy to stop. Extreme caution should always be taken when this breed interacts with children. They are fun loving dogs that have “clownish” behaviors. Despite, their many positive qualities, this breed may not be suitable for everyone. Their high energy requires a family that can accommodate and appreciate this aspect of their personality. They usually do best with active families. Many American Pit Bull Terriers get calmer as they age and an older dog may work for a more reserved family.
Pit Bull Terriers need regular vigorous physical activity. They crave mental and physical stimulation. Regular long walks and plenty of play time can be ideal ways to burn energy. If their exercise needs are not met, they can develop destructive behaviors. They can often excel at physical activities, such as jogging and weight pulling. Some clubs admit them to agility and fly ball; others don’t because it is dangerous to have APBTs off leash near other dogs and the clubs don’t want to bear the liability in the event of an attack.
The American Pit Bull Terrier needs early socialization and training. Since they are active dogs, they can become unmanageable quickly. They need a firm and consistent handler that can maintain control at all times. They are eager to please and can learn tricks if trained patiently. They are very active both indoors and outdoors. Despite proper training and socialization, many dogs may be hard to manage and can still have unwanted behaviors.
The American Pit Bull Terrier has a history and bloodline deep rooted in the blood sports of animal baiting and dogfighting. As with all breeds, they retain their original traits. They often to do not accept other animals, especially dogs, and can be extremely aggressive towards them. They may accept animals they are raised with, but have been known to kill other family pets even after years of living together happily.
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