Pennsylvania woman maimed to death while feeding neighbor’s dogs as her young son looks on: police
A Pennsylvania woman was mauled to death by her neighbor’s two Great Danes as she fed them while their owner was away, police say.
Kristin Potter, 38, of Center Township in Perry County, died on Thursday despite the efforts of rescuers and police, who were unable to reach her until animal control arrived and tranquilized the dogs, according to local NBC affiliate WGAL.
Perry County Coroner Robert Ressler told the outlet that Potter had already fed the dogs and went home with her young son, who eventually ran for help after the dogs attacked his mother.
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“He was present at the scene, but I don’t think he was there for much of it,” Ressler said of Potter’s son. “As soon as he saw the dogs start attacking his mother, he ran across the road for his brother to call 911.”
Another Great Dane and a French Bulldog were also in the house but did not attack. The two Great Danes who mutilated Potter were later euthanized by a veterinarian, and state police are continuing to investigate the incident.
Brandon Zeiders, who is engaged to Potter’s sister, told Penn Live that state police thought the Great Danes might be fighting and then went after Potter when they tried to intervene. .
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“I am heartbroken,” dog owner Wendy Sabathne told the outlet, who noted she was talking about the hospital where her mother was in intensive care. “I’m in shock. I’m in disbelief and just want to die. I can’t believe this happened.”
Several people claimed that Sabathne’s dogs had shown aggression before. Bill Keefer, Potter’s father, claimed the dogs bit his daughter two or three years ago.
State Police Trooper Kelly Abati told the outlet that there was no decision yet on whether Sabathne would face charges.
Potter had endured several tragedies in recent years, having lost both her husband and 11-year-old son, according to Penn Live.
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Great Danes, which can stand 32 inches tall at the shoulder, are generally considered to have mild temperaments but have historically been used as guard dogs, according to the American Kennel Club.