Dogs may have killed woman

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FALLBROOK, Calif. — Investigators Monday were trying to determine if a young woman was mauled to death by eight large dogs at the North County property where she was house-sitting.

The 30-year-old victim’s cousin made an emergency call about 5:15 p.m. Sunday to report finding her relative’s body while checking on her at the home in the 1300 block of Calle Tecolotan in Fallbrook, Sgt. Brian Jenkins said.

Deputies had to call animal-control officers to secure a group of dogs, described as “Olde English Bulldogges.” running loose in the yard.

The dead woman’s injuries were “consistent with” dog bites, Sgt. Victor Perry said. He added, however, that a cause-of-death ruling would remain on hold pending autopsy findings.

The victim had been house-sitting for the owners of the home while they were out of town, according to Jenkins. Her name was withheld pending family notification.

The county Animal Services Department impounded the dogs, agency spokesman Dan DeSousa said.


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    FALLBROOK, Calif. — Investigators Monday were trying to determine if a young woman investigation was under way Monday into the possible mauling death of a woman whose body was found in a North County backyard along with eight large dogs.

  • Desiree

    shame on you for posting an article that you do not have the facts on…that’s not even a picture of a bulldog mouth. for your information they don’t have a ‘biting’ jaw… they hardly have any front teeth! Im so fed up of people hating on breeds just because they are big dogs…i see more animal bites from chiuhua’s that any other breed…write a story about that!

    • denouemen

      That's a stock photo they use for all dog bite stories. But from your spelling and grammar, I assume you don't read much. i've been bitten by a chihuahua and by a dog fly–I'll take a chihuahua bite any time.

    • steffletcher

      Agree Desiree! The media has done this before with other dog bite stories…. It is ridiculous. I mean it may be that the dogs did maul her to death and still, very irresponsible of the writer.

    • derek

      Very stupid comment, if you have a dog that has the capability of killing someone or injuring someone severely there is a difference between small dogs and large. Listen to your own words, a (Big dog) can kill a human being or injure severly, a chihuahua will never go on record for killing someone. My friend went to jail recently when her dog mauled a small child here in San Diego. This is the reason Pit bulls, Boxers and others get a bad rap owners are irresponsible.

  • dogmom

    I am terribly sorry about this young woman losing her life, but Desiree, are right about the use of the photo and the assuming the dogs did it. We do have large packs of coyotes in this area too. My condolences go out to all the families involved.

  • howdykeith

    That's a pretty big pack of dogs. This sounds like a potentially dangerous environment, no matter how good those dogs were.
    Sad for the dogs if some or all need to be put down. Well that is the owners fault for all the deaths.
    Is this the home of a breeder? A rescue? A hoarder?

    • Pak31

      I'd be interested to know because having 8 large dogs in one residence is a lot of dogs. I know many areas put a limit on the amount of dogs you can own, not that people abide by that.

  • anonymous

    Coyotes are pretty cowardly. They basically run and snatch in a sneaky sort of way. They do not work for their food. They would never jump a fence where there is a yard full of dogs, and they would not come after a person.

    • stella

      Yes, it is sad but true they do come after people. There has been many reports of coyotes attacking people young to old in the Rocky Mountain Front Range region. And of course that Canadian singer.

  • anonymous

    "Dogs MAY have killed woman" is different from "Dogs killed woman".

    Even though their jaws aren't built to attack a person or whatever you say, there was still 8 of them and domestic dogs have pack mentality also.

    I'm not arguing that the dogs did kill the lady but I'm just saying it's a possibility. I love dogs too but I don't dismiss the fact that just because they're domestic animals doesn't mean they're no longer animals anymore.

    This is a developing story, all the facts aren't usually made public immediately, they're just reporting the facts that are available.

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  • Louisa

    Olde English Bulldogges are a breed in development. They are a combination of American Bulldog, American Pit Bull Terrier and Bullmastiff. They are a recreation of a breed that used to exist in the 1600's. This modern version dates back to the 1970's. These animals are not what most people think of when they hear the word Bulldog. Not even close.

    • anonymous

      Olde English Bulldogges age purebred dogs…not still in development. There are those breeders who continue to improve the OEB but overall the breed is already established. BTW there are some Oldes which are mistaken for traditional English Bulldogs due to height and lack of Olde knowledge. Regardless…there is no reason for the media to speculate or comment on the breed of dog(s) in question. All dogs will fake part in a pack regardless of breed. Since there weren’t any witnesses to the incident we don’t know what happen. I believe believe we need to stop banning or berating the breed and start banning irresponsible breeding and prosecuting those breeders.

  • ary

    My name is Ary from One of a Kind Bulldogs, a local breeder and ONLY nationwide rescue and rescue network. We are writing this to clear up MANY misleading statements made by all the stations.
    1. These dogs are NOT Olde English Bulldogges, They are NOT English Bulldogs either!!!
    2. These are American Bulldog mixes bred by a very irresponsible backyard breeder.
    3. Fox news has stated that the dogs mauled a woman, THIS HAS NOT BEEN FULLY CONCLUDED!
    So, all in all, the Olde English Bulldogge and English Bulldogs are NOT an aggressive breed to be mislabeled and misrepresented by a backyard breeder breeding American Bulldog MIXES irresponsibly and without proper care.
    Please research the breed and see for yourself the amazing temperment these bulldogges have.

    • LenMe

      So you are using this story to promote YOUR backyard breeding establishment? Very irresponsible. These types of dogs, for the most part, fall into the hands of the wrong people who abuse them and train them for the wrong purposes, and you are promoting it. The shelters are full of dogs who need homes and/or are put down daily. The world does not need anymore breeders… especially those breeding "bully" dogs.

    • Erin

      It is not possible to be a backyard breeder AND a "rescue". That doesn't make sense. If you are a breeder, you are a part of the problem. Stop breeding, keep rescueing, and become part of the solution.

  • schmitthead

    WOW EXPERTS HERE ON THIS PAGE, dogs dont have the jaws to attack a person???, what a stupid comment, they sure had the jaws when one bit my sisters ear off, if they have teeth then they can bite, not saying it was dogs but if the injuries were consistant to that of the injuries..well there ya go.

  • cleareye1

    All dogs retain a semblance of their pack animal ancestry. Once an attack had begun by one dog, then two, it could have escalated. Any breed might try it.

  • chelsea head

    Im so fed up with people talking about how the dogs that mauled that woman are old English bullys & how that breed is aggressive now… GUESS WHAT YOU DUMBIES my son has grown up with 2 different breeds of dog… A Chihuahua & an OEB and guess which one is by far more aggressive towards my son?! The ankle bitter!!!! It’s not the breed its how they are brought up… My OEB was raised from 9 weeks old with us… Where as my Chihuahua was a rescue and was tortured by his last owners and the kids would throw him down the stairs… Now my OEB has only ever gotten aggressive with others dogs NEVER EVER a human and trust me I know because I’m a stay at home mother my OEB is the most loving fat boy ever!!!!! He cuddles and just wants love where as my Chihuahua hates new people and has attacked many people my husband and son included he is only a one person dog and that is me… So I would trust my OEB with my life along with my families before I would ever trust my Chihuahua and guess which dog.has obedient classes ever Thursday verses the other who doesn’t have to go to class?! Yeah that’s right the Chihuahua NOT the OEB… It’s not the dog its the.way they are raised just like kids!!!!! Not every child grows up to do bad things!!!!!

    • jelley

      As a retired breeder of English Bulldogs (retired only because my wife has a hard time letting the little guys go), we looked at breeding the OEB's as you call them and decided not to because of the interbreeding of Bullmastiff and Pit Bull. Not to say the are bad breeds but these breeds are extremly dog agressive and the bullys can be dog agressive mainly male on male and if a fight between two of the dogs or more started and a inexperienced person (as in the artical she was house sitting) tried to breakup a fight she would become part of the fight. These dogs will fight to the death if one does not give up.

  • anonymous

    Yes it is possible to have a responsible breeding program AND be a breed specific rescue at the same time…I have so much more to comment but my words toward you morons are too foul at this time! One of a Kind is NOT a backyard breeding program. Ary was promoting the rescue…you Jack Ass!

  • teremist

    I don't know what happened here. I do know that someone with little experience and understanding of pack behavior in particular and canine body language, is NOT a good choice for their care. This could have started any number of ways, including the dogs fighting among themselves for dominance, and the human getting caught in the middle trying to break it up. If you absolutely MUST have large numbers of animals, please, please, PLEASE, make sure that you are educated on every aspect of their care, socialization, training, nurturing and can afford all the vet bills, and food they require. If you find you can't really manage it all, PLEASE call the humane society or a rescue group for help.

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