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    74-Year-Old Florida Woman Mauled to Death by Golden Lab & Australian Shepherd

    TITUSVILLE, Fla. A 74-year-old Florida woman was mauled to death by her two dogs this week, according to Titusville police.
    Loraine May's golden lab mix and an Australian shepherd mix attacked her Thursday morning, according to authorities.
    May's son found her body.
    Brevard County Animal Services and Enforcement have taken the dogs, which will be destroyed.



    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,373325,00.html

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    You don't hear that every day about Golden labs.

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    Here is an article with more info:

    http://www.wftv.com/news/16729943/detail.html

    Police said an autopsy performed on May by the Brevard County Medical Examiner's Office led them to believe her death was caused by multiple, blunt trauma, inflicted by two of her three dogs.
    A neighbor told Eyewitness News he thinks she may have been mauled when one of the larger dogs got into a fight with the cocker spaniel and May tried to break them apart.
    It sounds like the dogs knocked her over and maybe she hit her head or fell down some stairs or something.

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    If that's what happened then the title of the news article is misleading. I don't call that mauling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XcomSquaddie View Post
    Here is an article with more info:

    http://www.wftv.com/news/16729943/detail.html





    It sounds like the dogs knocked her over and maybe she hit her head or fell down some stairs or something.
    Ass soon as I read what type of dogs these were, this is exactly what I figured happened. The headline writers were trying to sell papers. Prayers for this woman's family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paladin View Post
    You don't hear that every day about Golden labs.
    Yeah - or ever!

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    Blunt force trauma from caused by the dogs? I agree it certainly sounds like she fell and hit her head. It is not normal behavior for an Australian Shephard and Golden Retriever to be aggressive like. Although, years and years ago, our 22 year old cat was lounging in our driveway and two Labs who had gotten out attacked and killed him and bite my mother as she was trying to save poor Moshe. It was devastating. Labs are not normally considered cat-killers but so much of a dog's behavior is contingent on how they are raised. If her dogs were fear-based aggressive or dominant aggressive it could have easily been a situation that spiraled out of control......but it still sounds she was knocked down and hit her head.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paladin View Post
    You don't hear that every day about Golden labs.

    omgosh! Rarely ever Paladin! Aussie shepherd either.

    I have to re-read the story and find out more because this is so highly unusual. I can't imagine.
    Last edited by drip~drop; 06-30-2008 at 12:10 PM. Reason: spelling

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    this makes no sense to me. how did dogs cause 'multiple BLUNT trauma'? nothing about bites or blood.

    i wonder if the son found the dogs near her, and assumed? both breeds are very protective. it may have looked like they were attacking when they were only trying to 'help'?

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    I have a cocker spaniel and was fostering two labs. The black lab liked to snap at the others but I don't think they'd have ever tried to kill each other or me and my fiance.


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    more info. seems she was bitten a lot.

    http://www.floridatoday.com/apps/pbc...NTPAGECAROUSEL

    sorry if this makes the page all squiffy. dont know how to make a smaller link.

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    I'm not sure if it's a yellow lab or a golden I didn't read but in my experience as a vet tech while not the most common dogs known for biting when they're vicious they're VERY vicious. The numbers of aggressive "family type dogs" labs, goldens at least in our area (Massachusetts) are on the rise due to poor breeding. We have licked the overpopulation of dogs (not cats though) in our state, so now once again there is high demand leading to more bad breeders. People also underestimate the role that pack behavior plays. Any one of my 8 dogs one on one is a doll, tick them off as a pack and watch out. Luckily my dogs average about 5 pounds

    That being said I agree it doesn't sound like a mauling, just a couple of dogs that were stronger that their elderly owner.

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    After reading several accounts of the story, seeing photos of the dogs, & knowing the breeds, I believe a forensic expert may have made a different finding....the lady may have toppled over, maybe from tripping on a dog, was bleeding from a head wound & the dogs then became involved. blood sometimes triggers an aggressive response in canines.... but she may not have been the intended target & may have been unconcious or dead before being bitten by the dogs.

    This is a sad story & I see the defenders of pit bulls & other dogs with bad press have already jumped into the fray... just what they have been waiting for... a negative report about dogs on the list of top 10 most popular breeds.

    if we concede this story the score is-

    Vicious Dog attacks:

    labs & aussies.....1
    pitt bulls........... ????

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    Quote Originally Posted by noZme View Post
    After reading several accounts of the story, seeing photos of the dogs, & knowing the breeds, I believe a forensic expert may have made a different finding....the lady may have toppled over, maybe from tripping on a dog, was bleeding from a head wound & the dogs then became involved. blood sometimes triggers an aggressive response in canines.... but she may not have been the intended target & may have been unconcious or dead before being bitten by the dogs.

    This is a sad story & I see the defenders of pit bulls & other dogs with bad press have already jumped into the fray... just what they have been waiting for... a negative report about dogs on the list of top 10 most popular breeds.

    if we concede this story the score is-

    Vicious Dog attacks:

    labs & aussies.....1
    pitt bulls........... ????
    Good point. I would suspect that it is something along those lines.

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    Another thing, if the poor woman died because of her head injury, the dogs didn't maul her. They may have mauled her after she passed.

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