Redding resident dies after being attacked by own dog

A Redding resident died at Danbury Hospital after being attacked by her own dog at a home on Deacon Abbott Street on Friday, May 12, Redding police reported Tuesday.

The dog is being held by Redding Police and an investigation into the situation is underway. Police are withholding the name of the victim until all family members can be notified.

According to Redding Police Chief Doug Fuchs, the victim was in a Deacon Abbott home when she was attacked by her own dog.

She suffered “very serious injuries” and was transported to Danbury Hospital, where she later died.

Fuchs said the dog attack set off a series of events which lead to the death of the resident, though the attack, itself, may not have been the exact cause of death.

“We’re awaiting the autopsy” to determine the final cause of death, Fuchs said.

Fuchs also noted this attack is not related to the dog which had been roaming the area of Deacon Abbott Road in recent months.

[Update: Fuchs said the dog was a both a “mixed breed” and “rescue” dog, but was “not a pitbull.” The dog had been living in the Deacon Abbott home for six years, he added.]

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  • Craig Brown

    No use for pit bulls

    • Barbara Punzi

      Where does the article say it was a pit bull? I read it 3 times and don’t see any mention of what kind of dog it was.

      • Fairisfair

        Because they want to be the first to jump on the bandwagon.

        • Al Lewis

          Who is “they”? Since when is a woman savagely killed by any dog a “bandwagon”? So sad… rest in peace… my prayers and condolences for the family.

          [And yet I’ll bet you dollars to donuts it was a pit/mix]

          • Gabriel Barros

            I think they’re calling dirt nap pibbles an “American bulldog-mix”. Playing the pit bull shell game so pit bulls “don’t look bad”.

          • Al Lewis

            I read several news articles about this without finding a clue as to the kind of dog – you recall where you read this? Thx.

          • Gabriel Barros

            Don’t remember but I’m sure it will come out soon.

          • Gabriel Barros

            I misread the Dogsbite org article. It was referring to a pit bull/”american bulldog mix” attack from 2014 that occurred in a city 30 miles away.

            The breed of dog from the most recent death has not yet been determined. But like you, my guess is the infamous pit bull dog.

          • Fairisfair

            People who automatically think it’s a pit bull. The media promotes this line of thought because it sells. It didn’t say it was killed by a dog.What it said was “Fuchs said the dog attack set off a series of events which lead to the death of the resident, though the attack, itself, may not have been the exact cause of death.” a big difference.

          • Al Lewis

            “promotes this line of thought because it sells” – BS. A woman killed by any OTHER breed is much more newsworthy – people dying from attacks from pits is commonplace among dog attacks.

            “the attack, itself, may not have been the exact cause of death.” a big difference.- How does that make a difference? Whether from a dog attack induced heart attack or fall or whatever, dead is dead.

          • Biscuits

            Exactly! If I was being attacked by a dog capable of causing the kind of damage I’ve seen from Pit Bulls, I would probably die of a heart attack.

          • Fairisfair

            Why did in one case the New Haven Register write a story about a yellow lab attacking a woman, when it was reported in the Patch it had been changed to pitbull. I contacted the Patch but never got a response. I’m not denying pits can be deadly, obviously they can be. The media knows it controversial and they use it. Just like they use politics and racial discord. They love every second of it, the dollar signs just spin in their eyes.

          • Al Lewis

            It’s common knowledge that pit nutters purposely misidentify their breed to avoid prosecution, discrimination etc. The Patch obviously saw through this deception.

          • Fairisfair

            The New haven Register said it was a yellow lab, not the owner. Yeah the Patch has the most accurate news.

          • Richard Prince

            its not controversial. Pits are deadly because of their bite style and their inability to show mercy

          • Fairisfair

            Sounds like half the people in the country.

          • dammitall23

            And bleeding out from grievous mauling injury is indeed apt to cause a “heart attack”. It’s like saying “The multiple gunshots from the murderer’s gun may not have been the *exact* cause of death.”

          • honestAbe

            That wording didn’t make sense to me either. If she died of blood loss, well I would say that was due to the dog attack! Or if she died of her intestines being outside her body, ditto.

          • Biscuits

            The Greater Danbury News reported it was a mixed breed. Code for ???

          • Gabriel Barros

            Wonder if they’ll post a photo of the gripper…I mean “mixed breed” dog.

          • Fairisfair

            there’s a code?

          • Jaloney Caldwell

            pitbull

          • Craig Brown

            Whaa whaa whaa

          • Fairisfair

            my point exactly

          • Dayna Hamilton

            The media doesn’t promote anything unless it’s negative coverage of President Trump. The pit bulls have a well deserved reputation. Not very often a dog will attack it’s owner, unprovoked, but pits do it ALL the time!

          • Fairisfair

            any breed will, Chichiwawa and Terriers do it all the time.

          • DB Bell

            Most human bites are self inflicted as when chewing food.

            Honest thinking humans don’t equate bite of chihuahuas to bites of gladiator dogs.

            Let’s equate all shots.

            Your pit bull needs his shots?

            Passerby points gun. Shots given to pit bull.

            Oh, I thought you said that your pit bull needed shots?

          • Fairisfair

            You need an enema because you talk like an a—–e?

          • honestAbe

            Never heard of a fatal Chihuahua or terrier attack!

          • Fairisfair

            I didn’t say they killed I said they arrack.

          • honestAbe

            All dogs can bite, of course. But how many, number-wise, bite fatally? When there are so many breeds to chose from, why get a pitbull? some counties are even banning them. In the USA, some counties are requiring a $100,000 insurance policy to own one.

          • Fairisfair

            I have two. Truthfully , it wouldn’t be my first choice. Both of mine were rescues. I couldn’t let two little puppies be put down, because a human couldn’t or wouldn’t get their pets neutered. I have a problem on banning anything. Dogs,words,baggy pants, tight pants, sugary drinks, guns etc. Every time someone doesn’t like something, the first words out of their mouths are “to ban it”.

          • honestAbe

            I all fairness, people jump to that conclusion because pit bulls are the cause of so many human attacks and deaths.

          • Fairisfair

            I agree, but they at like it’s the only dog that will attack and bite. I will say no dog (especially pitbulls) should be loose without a lease. But the media also sensationalize it.

          • honestAbe

            I think anytime someone is killed by a dog, especially a pet, it’s a news story. Most of the news stories are about pit bulls. I actually cannot think of any that aren’t. England banned pits after a family pet killed a 3 year-old boy. The dog was unprovoked, and the owners could not pry the dog’s teeth out of him. Can you imagine witnessing that? I believe they even tried stabbing the dog to make him let go! The pit showed no prior viciousness. Montreal just started a pit bull ban recently because of attacks up in Canada.

          • Fairisfair

            I can think of one, because it annoyed me so much. A yellow lab attacked a young child. A major newspaper reported it as such. When I read the story in the Patch the dog had gone from yellow lab to pitbull. I even contacted the Patch , but I received no response.. I have two pit bulls. Would I leave them alone with a child? No way. They are not used to children. One is getting old and the other is too playful. They are always on leases, had their shots, have their licenses. Unfortunately I can’t say the same for the border collie who attacked mine ( on my property). The family had to finally get rid of the collie because it attacked everything. Yes pits can be dangerous, but they aren’t the devil like the media would like to make them out to be.

          • Dotti Bateman

            They did not say the dog killed her. He attacked her and THEN there was a series of events that led to her death. An autopsy will be available in about six weeks.

          • Katherine

            At the bottom of the article is an update, it reads that the dog is a mix, but NOT a pit bull. Either you can’t read or you didn’t finish reading the article. So your dollars to donuts has been rebuked.

          • Al Lewis

            The police chief did not say what type of mixed-breed, such as a shepherd or a rottweiler, nor was any photograph of the dog released

        • Jaloney Caldwell

          so you believe in Trump too.. Facts matter.

          • Fairisfair

            What does Trump have to do with this conversation? More to life then politics.

      • Biscuits

        Must have been a Beagle, those vicious mutts!

        • dammitall23

          Chihuahua. We all know they “bite more”.

        • Bobbie Irish

          Think it was a Yorkie

      • Jaloney Caldwell

        The only time its not a pitbull is when its a pitbull mix called something else or rarely a Rottweiller. We know it was not a chihuahua, beagle, collie, etc etc.

      • Richard Prince

        where does it say it wasnt?

    • JACQUELINE

      Craig Brown CAN YOU READ IT DOESN’T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT A PIT BULL IT SAID A DOG CAN BE ANY TYPE OF DOG!!!!

  • Gabriel Barros

    Another pit bull owner bites the dust.

    • Fairisfair

      Yeah another person with no knowledge of the subject but is willing to share it.

      • Gabriel Barros

        I wish we could trade you for Darla Napora.

        • Fairisfair

          I got something to trade you.

          • dammitall23

            Tsk tsk–don’t go sounding like a pit bull owner, now.

      • Al Lewis

        You have more “knowledge” about this tragedy? By all means, inform us all…

        • Fairisfair

          I’m talking about pit bulls, now you enlighten everyone with your wealth of knowledge.

          • Gabriel Barros

            I think we’re all talking about pit bulls. HUE HUE HUE!

          • Craig Brown

            Who said it was a pit bull?

          • Fairisfair

            The first poster

          • DB Bell

            Look to the true experts of UNPROVOKED PROLONGED DEADLY dog aggression, the dog fighters of the UK and NA. Notice they all choose pits when they must have game INSANE dogs that will kill their own family, UNPROVOKED.

            Look to the true experts of financial losses from dog attacks: the insurance companies. Most insurance companies know that pits bullies are not worth the risk.

          • Fairisfair

            They don’t think teen drivers are either, so what’s your point?

  • Biscuits

    Must have been raised wrong….Right?

  • Gabriel Barros

    Just to be clear to everyone, most likely, it was a pit bull that did this.

    December 2016
    Cabell County, WVIsaiah Franklin, 6, Fatal pit bull attack

    September 2016
    Shawnee County, KS Piper Dunbar, 2 Fatal pit bull attack

    August 2016
    Jefferson County, CO Susan Shawl, 60 Fatal pit bull attack
    Clark County, NV Derion Stevenson, 9 Fatal pit bull attack
    Screven County, GA Michelle Wilcox, 30 Fatal pit bull attack

    July 2016
    Honolulu County, HI Crisencio Aliado, 52 Fatal pit bull attack
    Navajo County, AZ Kayden Begay, 3 Fatal pit bull attack
    Wayne County, MI Elizabeth Rivera, 71 Fatal pit bull attack

    June 2016
    Fresno County, CA Susie Kirby, < 1 Fatal dog attack involving pit bull(s)
    Penobscot County, ME Hunter Bragg, 7 Fatal pit bull attack
    San Joaquin County, CA Earl Stephens Jr., 43 Fatal pit bull attack

    May 2016
    Dallas County, TX Antoinette Brown, 52 Fatal pack attack involving pit bull(s)
    St. Louis County, MO Adonis Reddick, 45 Fatal pit bull attack

    April 2016
    San Diego County, CA Sebastian Caban, < 1 Fatal pit bull attack

    March 2016
    Lake County, FL Sonda Tyson, 66 Fatal pit bull attack
    Mecklenburg County, NC Bessie Flowers, 86 Fatal pit bull attack
    Thurston County, WA Gladys Alexander, 92 Fatal pack attack involving pit bull(s)

    Februrary 2016
    Perquimans County, NC Suzanne Story, 36 Fatal pit bull attack

    January 2016
    Robeson County, NC Talan West, 7 Fatal pit bull attack
    Grayson County, VA Payton Sawyers, 1 Fatal pit bull attack
    Yuba County, CA Tyler Trammell-Huston, 9 Fatal pit bull attack

  • jj

    A German Shepherd who lives on that road has been known to attack people previously. It is very possible that the dog in this situation was a German Shepherd and not a Pit Bull.

    • Gabriel Barros

      Statistically speaking, the chances are very very slim.

      Pit bulls kills more than all other breeds COMBINED. There is no more murderous dog than the pit bull fighting dog.

      December 2014
      Portage, IN Edward L. Cahill, 40, Fatal pit bull attack (Christmas Day)
      Corpus Christi, TX Rita Woodard, 64 Fatal pit bull attack

      November 2014
      Robeson County, NC Alemeaner Dial, 83 Fatal pit bull attack

      October 2014
      Stanislaus County, CA Juan Fernandez, 54 Fatal pit bull attack

      September 2014
      Sharp County, AR Alice Payne, 75 Fatal pit bull attack
      Benton County, MS David Glass Sr., 51 Fatal pit bull attack

      August 2014
      Miami-Dade County, FL Javon Dade Jr., 4 Fatal pit bull attack
      St. Charles County, MO Deriah Solem, < 2 Fatal pit bull attack
      Levy County, FL Joel Chirieleison, 6 Fatal pit bull attack
      Butler County, OH Cindy Whisman, 59 Fatal pit bull attack

      July 2014
      Montgomery County, OH Johnathan Quarles, Jr., < 1 Fatal pit bull attack
      Hillsborough County, FL Logan Sheppard, 4 Fatal pit bull attack

      May 2014
      New Haven County, CT Rita Pepe, 93 Fatal pit bull attack
      Kent County, DE Kasii Haith, 4 Fatal pit bull attack
      Lee County, AL Katie Morrison, 20 Fatal pit bull attack

      April 2014
      Highlands County, FL Jessica Norman, 33 Fatal pit bull attack
      Bexar County, TX Petra Aguirre, 83 Fatal pit bull attack
      St. Clair County, AL John Harvard, 5 Fatal pit bull attack

      March 2014
      Kaufman County, TX Dorothy Hamilton, 85 Fatal pit bull attack
      Holmes County, MS Christopher Malone, 3 Fatal pit bull attack
      Terrebonne Parish, LA Mia DeRouen, 4 Fatal pit bull attack
      Maricopa County, AZ Nancy Newberry, 77 Fatal pit bull attack

      February 2014
      Guilford County, NC Braelynn Coulter, 3 Fatal pit bull attack
      Bell County, TX Je'vaeh Mayes, 2 Fatal pit bull attack

      January 2014
      McLean County, IL Kara Hartrich, 4 Fatal pit bull attack
      Comal County, TX Betty Clark, 75 Fatal pit bull attack
      Harris County, TX Christina Bell, 43 Fatal pit bull attack

      • honestAbe

        Pitbull owners cannot lie about the facts and numbers.

        • Barbara Wiler

          Oh they can and they do! Plus, Pit bulls are nanny dogs, there’s no such thing as a pit bull, no one can identify a pit bull, it wasn’t properly “socialized”, it’s the owner’s fault, etc. etc. etc. So sick of hearing all the lies.

          • honestAbe

            I personally know 3 people with bad pitbull stories. One had a golden retriever puppy and a pitbull puppy. The dogs were pets that were raised together. The man came home to blood inside the front door and a dead golden in the kitchen. He now says to NEVER get a pitbull. He has his put to sleep. A neighbor has a poodle and got a pitbull/lab rescue. She had the rescue 5 years. Her poodle recently got a chunk ripped out of his chest/neck area. She wanted to give back the rescue pitbull after 5 years but kept him. She keeps the dogs separated while she is not home and has removed all toys from her house. An elderly aunt adopted a pit/yellow lab mix from the pound. It attacked a family member (her daughter) while she was in the shower. she had the dog euthanized after having it about a year. She bought a golden retriever puppy.

  • Jaloney Caldwell

    The dog set off a series of events… They will go to any length to not call a pitbull fatality a death caused by a pitbull. If you bleed out and eventually have a heart attack they will say heart attack caused your death..

    • Barbara Wiler

      Back in January there was a very young man who owned a pit bull in the Olney section of Philadelphia. He was found dead by his brother in his home with his pit bull and bite marks on him. The article said they were awaiting cause of death from coroner, no newspaper ever reported on it after that. I called coroner’s office to find out and was told the young man died of a drug overdose. I guess the pit bull had started to eat him. But I didn’t list that one on my 2017 list for pit bull killings.

  • Richard Prince

    What a schmooze job this article is. Fuchs said the dog attack set off a
    series of events which lead to the death of the resident, though the
    attack, itself, may not have been the exact cause of death.

    So what happened? Someone bleed to death BECAUSE of this attack? Then the attack killed the person! Where is the common sense? Sounds like this newspaper has been taken over by the excuse brigade. With 90% assurity, this was a pit bull dog.

  • DB Bell

    No one who actually cares about dog welfare or even pit bull welfare would want more dogs to be born with deadly man-made birth defects.

    Maturing to suddenly become GAME insane, to be the psychopaths of the dog world, is a horriBULL man-made birth defect.

    Proof that pits are different and most likely to suddenly feel the drive to kill their own family is the FACT that the true experts of UNPROVOKED PROLONGED DEADLY dog aggression, the UK and NA dog fighters choose only pits.

    Those who monger pits as pets are not “advocates”, they aren’t “dog lovers” they aren’t into animal welfare or animal rights. No, they are either selfish ignorant or selfish sadistic. And there’s no way to determine which they are when their game insane pit maims or kills the neighbor’s dog.

    While babies born with deformed limbs may grow up to be wonderful people, it would be selfish and cruel to promote Thalidomide for pregnant women knowing that it would increase the chances that babies would be born without arms or legs. We wouldn’t call Thalidomide mongers “child welfare advocates”, we wouldn’t say they were into “child welfare” or “human rights”.
    Mongering Thalidomide would be cruel and criminal.
    Mongering fighting dogs as normal pets is cruel and should be a crime too.

    • Barbara Wiler

      Good point. Agree completely.

  • Kat ACMilanista

    Bunch of idiots inflicting their own agenda when the article doesn’t even mention the dog breed once, whether or not it was euthanized because the cops aren’t even sure if the dog killed her or not. Ever hear of a chain reaction?

  • mick

    I prefer a pitbull to all the people commenting here.

  • honestAbe

    I actually called the Redding Police Dept and i learned the Police Chief is not releasing what type of dog it was because it is an “on-going investigation”, like that makes any sense.

    • Richard Prince

      It only makes sense if you think someone in Redding is a full blown pit nutter and is trying to cover up the truth due to the monetary influences the rescue community has…. or perhaps someone in Redding is a pit owner themselves and simply wishes to remain willfully ignorant. God forbid someone would have to admit they have been wrong about defending the image of pit bulls in the past. Revealing the breed and type of dog with a photo of it has zero chance of “interfering” with an investigation. Meanwhile., pit bull attack victims everywhere try to warn future or potential pit bull owners of the additional danger to life and limb and we get road blocked by a “public safety agency” Citizens of Redding should be embarrassed that their top dog public safety agency stands in the way of a public safety message.

      • honestAbe

        I would like them to publish a photo of the dog.

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