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Dogs maul, kill woman in Robeson County

Posted October 2, 2012

— A group of dogs attacked and killed a woman at a Pembroke home Tuesday afternoon, according to the Robeson County Sheriff's Office.

The woman, whose name was not released, was staying at 17 Sharon Lane, where the homeowner rescues animals. Around 12:30 p.m., several dogs began fighting each other. The victim tried to break up the fight with a rake, but the dogs turned on her – tearing off her clothes and mangling her body.

She was dead when deputies arrived at the scene. 

Several of the dogs were seized by Robeson County Animal Control and impounded.

The death is under investigation. 


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  • changeyourownlife Oct 5, 2012


    what? nobodys disputing that people need to spay and neuter their pets. the fact that she had the dogs was not the pt.--the pt was that she had them together-where they could get to each other and fight in the first place.... if you really have worked in an animal shelter, then you know first-hand how crazy it is to have a bunch of rescued animals in the same area---ESPECIALLY pitbulls as 9/10 times they've been abused by humans and more often than not have been trained to fight other dogs--its rescue 101 that you don't keep them together bc there WILL ALWAYS BE FIGHTS---not only does it put you at risk but you're not exactly helping the other animals that are paying the price

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Oct 4, 2012

    @changeyourownlife, so in your opinion, the woman rescuing these animals is the "irresponsible" one? It's not all the people who don't spay and neuter? Really?

    This rescuer is just trying to help these innocent animals and save them from the irresponsible humans.

    I've volunteered in an animals shelter...and hear it all: "my dog is a male, so he can't have babies and I don't need to neuter him", "i want my cat to experience the 'miracle' of birth", yadda, yadda.

    THAT is the ignorance. These folks need to visit a shelter (where we kill 30 dogs and cats every day!) and experience the 'miracle' of death that is the reality of 250,000 animals in NC every year.

  • changeyourownlife Oct 4, 2012


    ooooook....then thats even worse....someone else died bc of her ignorance and irresponsibility

  • I_know_right Oct 4, 2012

    The case you all are referring to with the dog and the clothing being removed said "found naked, with his clothes balled up beside him, "

    Either way the clothes were torn off and either way the dog(s) did it. The only thing missisg from this story is the breeds of the dogs.

    Ummm....NO fancymike, the story does not say the clothes were torn off, it says they were balled up...

  • carolinaprincess62 Oct 3, 2012

    The Robesonian says that it was also German Shepherds. So what was it? Studies show that even many people that work with animal control cannot correctly look at a dog and determine it's a "pitbull". Not all dogs that are called pitbulls are really pitbulls anyway. Many of those dogs are bully breeds but not truly an American Pitbull Terrier. And, actually if you look up very much about the breed, they make horrible guard dogs because they like everyone. A "real" pit bull is not the big hulking creature most people envision. They are a smaller dog, think Petey on Little Rascals.

  • malonem1 Oct 3, 2012

    I can't even begin to imagine what that woman went through being mauled by vicious dogs. Any dog that turns on anyone is considered a threat. Whatever the breed, these dogs even though they were rescues should have been enclosed in a pen or leashed. You never know the disposition of an animal that has been rescued. I would never have grabbed a rake either to break up a dog fight on my own - that only makes the fight worse. I am saddened to hear of another person being mauled- a terrible way to die. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  • Rebelyell Oct 3, 2012

    Yukon johnny you know that it's still 1845 in Alaska? You shoot a dog here you will spend the rest of your life in prison.

  • puzzled Oct 3, 2012

    I see people trying to make dogs people. They aren't and never will be. They are animals and should be respected as such.

  • dogluv3r Oct 3, 2012

    ".obviously she didn't know what she was doing if she had the dogs in a place that they could get to each other" -- changeyourownlife
    Re-read article please...woman attacked was a guest, these were not her rescues.

  • changeyourownlife Oct 3, 2012

    yup blame it alllll on the dogs....obviously she didn't know what she was doing if she had the dogs in a place that they could get to each other....and no, i'm not saying she should've died or any of that; it's DEF a tragic story BUT she shouldn't have had a rescue if she didn't have the knowledge/resources to do it correctly

    now a human-being is dead and the animals she was trying to save are injured and/or going to be put down---PEOPLE: GOOD INTENTIONS ARE NOT EVERYTHING---GET SOME KNOWLEDGE BEFORE YOU PUT OTHER LIVING BEINGS' LIVES IN YOUR HANDS!!!!