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Dog Attack Highlights Dangers of Pet Ownership
The brutal death of a 22-year-old woman from Goochland County has put a spotlight on the dangers of dog ownership. The December attack occurred as the woman was walking her two pit bulls near her home. Neighbors report hearing cries but no one witnessed the deadly attack. Police found the woman’s body mauled to death, with injuries to her face and neck. While it is easy to dismiss this as an outlier, the exception to the norm, the attack is making dog owners everywhere question their own relationship with their pets.
A new report suggests that while the pit bulls involved in this attack were certainly to blame for the death of the woman, the breed itself is not at fault. In fact, experts say any breed of dog can rise to the level of violence seen in this attack. The difference lies in the size and force in the animals involved. While a pit bull and chihuahua might both snap when angry, excited or scared, the difference in size makes the potential for serious injuries that much more obvious.
The full report details the deadly injuries suffered by the victim and points out that the two dogs involved may have fed into the pack mentality. This can cause otherwise well-behaved animals to act out in violent ways. That’s why experts discourage folks from getting too comfortable with their pets, even if they don’t have violent histories. Any dog could snap at any time, they say. And that’s a scary thought for pet owners everywhere.
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