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75-year-old woman dies after being attacked by dog she adopted

By: dayan (M) |Time : February 14, 2017, 04:32:25 PM
NEW YORK (AP) — An elderly New York City woman was killed and her 39-year-old autistic son injured when they were attacked by a dog she had recently adopted and planned to return to the shelter.

Louise Hermida, 75, and her son were attacked early Monday at their home in Queens, police said. Hermida had trauma to her body and was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The son was treated for leg trauma.

Neighbors said the woman had planned to take the dog, a mastiff, to a shelter on Monday because of its aggressive tendencies.

Neighbor John Brien told WABC-TV that the same dog attacked another neighbor's small terrier while being walked on a leash 10 days ago.

"He just pounced on it and started chewing it like a rag doll," Brien said. "It started ripping it to bits. We tried to jump in. The owner of the white dog got bit on the hand."

Another neighbor, Rosa Ortiz, said the attack led Hermida to want to get rid of the dog. She said Hermida had owned the dog for about four years and owned several other dogs as well.

She described the scene of Monday's attack as horrifying.

"When I saw her there, it broke my heart," Ortiz said. "She was all bloodied. Her head, her arms. It was really bad. It was a tragedy."

The dog is now in the custody of Animal Care and Control of New York City.

An ACC spokeswoman said the dog was adopted from Animal Care Centers almost six years ago and was about a year old at the time.

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Re: 75-year-old woman dies after being attacked by dog she adopted

By: dayan (M) |Time : February 14, 2017, 04:36:54 PM
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Another neighbor, Rosa Ortiz, said the attack led Hermida to want to get rid of the dog. She said Hermida had owned the dog for about four years and owned several other dogs as well.

She described the scene of Monday's attack as horrifying.

"When I saw her there, it broke my heart," Ortiz said. "She was all bloodied. Her head, her arms. It was really bad. It was a tragedy."

 
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I like dogs, but have never owned one precisely because I never believe that adopting a dog is a good idea. May sound mean, but I know that these animals can be possessed.
How did the dog know that it was about to be sent away, to attack before then?
The best way to own a dog is to buy one as a puppy; and to ensure not to buy a dangerous breed.
Some people like dangerous dogs; and then when they attack people the owners make excuses for them.
Sad story, but solid lessons to be learned!

Re: 75-year-old woman dies after being attacked by dog she adopted

By: Gideon |Time : February 14, 2017, 07:05:37 PM
Sad story!.. I personally do not like dogs...They are mostly aggressive. Maybe this particular dog has rabies,who knows?... They should treat the child of the woman for rabies.

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