Tuesday, February 12, 2019

HOUSTON TX - APPARENTLY 2 DOBERMAN PINSCHERS BEING TRAINED AS SHOW DOGS BY THEIR OWNER FATALLY MAULED HER



Elaine Richman loved her dogs, but her Dobermans may be what caused her death.

When crime scene investigators began showing up at her home last Friday, neighbors knew something was terribly wrong.

Well known for her love of Dobermans, Richman was raising two dogs, one male and one female.

"They were purebred Dobermans, beautiful dogs," said a neighbor. "She did training with them. They were show dogs."

Tragically, Richman was found dead in her backyard with bite marks over her face and body. The TWO DOBERMANS  were confiscated by authorities. They are currently being held at the City of Houston's Animal Control, pending the outcome of a Houston police criminal investigation.

"She actually has a closeness to Dobermans and she spent a big part of her life training and showing the dogs," said Elaine's brother Bruce Richman. "It takes a special person to be very kind to animals, which she was. All of her brothers and sisters were shocked and surprised. We'll miss her greatly."

Family and neighbors say Elaine Richman trained dogs for decades without incident. She was well known in Houston's Doberman community.

However, Richman's relationship with other Doberman owners was strained after she was forced out as treasurer of the local organization following a financial probe.

After her death, a number of Doberman owners contacted by ABC13 were reluctant to talk about Richman. They wanted to focus on the Dobermans, not wanting one tragic death to impact the perception of the dogs.

There is no doubt that Richman loved her dogs, and believed they were truly her best friends.

"The dogs were very, very special to her. She was very, very good to the dogs," Bruce said.

https://abc13.com/woman-found-dead-in-backyard-with-dog-bites-in-w-houston/5132391/

https://www.click2houston.com/news/woman-s-body-found-covered-in-dog-bites-in-backyard-police-say?fbclid=IwAR3SrPZni1B2OqrAlQ8zmAkltCzto9P82KCfEf17FIygFNl3YJY3MuKtPxY



2019 DOG BITE RELATED FATALITIES - 4 (1 child + 3 adults)

PIT BULL MIX - 1
PIT BULL AND A SHEPHERD MIX - 1
PACK OF DOGS - 1 
2 DOBERMAN PINSCHERS - 1 

KY - 1 
MS - 1
TX - 2

1)   1-9-  Diane Reeves - 70 - Grenada County MS - A total of 7 dogs were taken into custody - The Sheriff's Department reported she suffered about several hundred dog bites.

2)  1-21- Ed Stanley - 85 - Amarillo, Potter County TX - He was severely mauled over his entire body by a PIT BULL AND A SHEPHERD MIX on his driveway - A passerby came to his aid but he died 2 weeks later -  http://www.dogsbitedecatural.com/2019/01/amarillo-tx-85-year-old-man-suffered.html

3)  2-7- Ashton McGhee - 1 - Guthrie KY - The 1-year-old baby boy lived in Hopkinsville KY and was visiting his grandparents' home when one of the family dogs came in from outside and attacked him - The Chief of Police said the PIT BULL MIX may have been spooked by a thunderstorm and then spooked again by the ball the child was playing with - "IT'S AN UNFORTUNATE FREAK ACCIDENT".

4)  2-8- Elaine Richman - She owned two Doberman Pinschers that she trained as show dogs - She was found dead in her backyard with bite marks over her face and body. 


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