UPDATE: BOTH DOGS EUTHANIZED...CAUSE OF DEATH RULED BLUNT FORCE NECK INJURY DUE TO DOG ATTACK
(WBTV) -Bessie Flowers, 86, was killed after police say she was attacked by dogs while visiting a home in south Charlotte.
The woman was killed along the 3200-block of Luke Crossing, in south Charlotte near the Arboretum. According to a source, she was visiting her daughter when the attack happened.
Officials said the woman suffered "fatal dog bite injuries" and was pronounced dead at the scene. Sources say the woman suffered injuries to the neck and lost a substantial amount of blood.
Family members were home at the time of the attack.
"The female is not a stranger or third party just walking down the street. This actually occurred at a family home,"
Captain Todd Lontz said. "The dogs that are involved in this are actually family dogs. "
Police have not said what type of dogs were involved, but neighbors say the homeowner was always walking TWO PIT BULLS on leashes.
WBTV has learned the dogs were taken by Animal Care and Control. Police say they are investigating to see if there is a history with the dogs.
2016 - U.S. DOG BITE RELATED FATALITIES - 7 ( 4 CHILDREN 3 ADULTS )
PIT BULL - 4
LINDA YUBA COUNTY CA
LUMBERTON ROBESON CO NC
PERQUIMANS CO NC
PIT BULL MIX - 2
INDEPENDENCE GRAYSON CO VA (pit bull/rottweiler mix?)
THURSTON CO WA
MIX BREED SHEPHERD - 1
1-3 - TYLER TRAMMELL-HUSTON - 9 - LINDA YUBA COUNTY CA - THE BOY WAS IN FOSTER CARE AND THE SYSTEM ALLOWED HIM TO VISIT WITH HIS 24-YEAR-OLD HALF SISTER WHO LIVED IN A TRAVEL TRAILER WITH 3 PIT BULLS. IT APPEARS SHE LEFT HIM TO GO TO WORK AND WHEN SHE CAME BACK HE WAS MAULED TO DEATH.
1-8/9 - PAYTON LYRIK SAWYERS - 15 MONTHS - INDEPENDENCE GRAYSON CO VA - ATTACKED BY A PIT BULL/ROTTWEILER MIX?? ON THE NIGHT OF JANUARY 6 AT A HOME OF 2 PEOPLE SAID TO BE HER BABYSITTERS - SHE WAS RUSHED TO A HOSPITAL IN NC WITH SEVERE HEAD INJURIES AND WAS PLACED ON LIFE SUPPORT- SHE DIED ON JAN 8 OR 9, 2016.
1-24 - TALEN NATHAN WEST - 7 - LUMBERTON ROBESON CO NC - PIT BULL - TWO 7 AND 8-YEAR-OLD BROTHERS WERE PLAYING IN A WOODED AREA NEAR THEIR HOME WHEN A NEIGHBOR'S PIT BULL THAT THEY WERE FAMILIAR WITH ATTACKED THEM - 8-YEAR-OLD JAYLEN WAS BITTEN ON HIS LEGS BUT IT GOT TALEN BY THE NECK AND BROKE IT - HE WAS NOT RESPONSIVE WHEN FIRST RESPONDERS ARRIVED.
2-7 - AIDEN JOHNATHON-GRIM MORELLI - 3-DAY-OLD INFANT BOY - YOUNGSTOWN OH - THE 21-YEAR-OLD MOTHER WAS SLEEPING THE NIGHT ON THE COUCH AT HER MOTHER'S HOME AND LEFT THE INFANT ON THE FLOOR IN A "MAKESHIFT CRIB" REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN A LAUNDRY BASKET - HER MOTHER AND HER BROTHER WERE ALSO AT HOME DURING THIS TIME - THE MOTHER AWOKE TO FIND HER NEWBORN WITH HEAD INJURIES - THERE WERE 5 DOGS IN THE HOME - REPORTS SAY THE DOG THAT DID THIS WAS A MIXED BREED SHEPHERD.
2-10 - SUZANNE STORY- 36 - PERQUIMANS COUNTY NC - THE VICTIM'S MOTHER REPORTED THAT SHE HAD ADOPTED THE DOG THAT LOOKED LIKE A BOXER/BULLDOG MIX ABOUT A WEEK AGO FROM AN AD IN A NEWSPAPER THAT SAID IT WAS GOOD AROUND SMALL CHILDREN - SHE WAS CLEANING THE DOG'S CRATE WHEN IT ATTACKED HER - HER SISTER WAS THERE AT THE TIME AND TRIED TO GET IT OFF HER AND WAS INJURED ALSO - SHE WAS AIRLIFTED TO A HOSPITAL BUT DIED AS THE HELICOPTER WAS LANDING.
3-8 - GLADYS ALEXANDER - 92 - THURSTON CO WASHINGTON - THE WORLD WAR II VET WAS ATTACKED BY 4 PIT BULL MIXES THAT WERE AT HER NEIGHBOR'S HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET - SHE HAD WALKED ACROSS THE STREET TO GIVE THE NEIGHBOR THE NEWSPAPER BUT THE NEIGHBOR HAD GONE OUT FOR A FEW MINUTES AND IT LOOKED LIKE THE DOGS GRABBED HER AND DRUG HER INSIDE THE HOUSE - THE NEIGHBOR RETURNED AND FOUND THE DOGS ATTACKING HER AND STOPPED IT BUT NOT BEFORE THE DAMAGE WAS DONE - HER LEG AND ARM WERE AMPUTATED BUT SHE SUCCUMBED TO THE HORRIFIC INJURIES.
3-28 - BESSIE FLOWERS - 86 - CHARLOTTE NC - POLICE SOURCES STATED THAT WHILE VISITING IN HER DAUGHTER'S TOWNHOME THE ELDERLY WOMAN WAS ON THE BACK DECK AND SLIPPED OR TRIPPED AS SHE WAS COMING BACK INSIDE AND FELL - THE DAUGHTER'S 2 AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIERS WHICH THE VICTIM KNEW WELL BEGAN "PLAYING" WITH HER AND THEN ESCALATED INTO A FULL-BLOWN ATTACK GOING IN FOR THE KILL ON HER NECK AND HEAD - NEIGHBORS SAID THAT THE DOGS HAD SHOWN AGGRESSION IN THE PAST ATTACKING 2 OTHER DOGS - AFTER SEEING HER OWN MOTHER MAULED TO DEATH BY HER PIT BULLS THE DAUGHTER STILL REFUSED TO SIGN THE DOGS OVER TO OFFICIALS SO ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICERS SEIZED THEM.