Wednesday, February 27, 2019

PANTEGO, BEAUFORT COUNTY NC - BRENDA HAMILTON, 77, HAS DIED FROM INJURIES SUFFERED IN ANIMAL ATTACK - INVESTIGATORS ARE COLLECTING DNA FROM CANINES FOR TESTING



UPDATE:   A memorial service was held Thursday for an Eastern Carolina teacher who was attacked and killed by an animal last week.  Brenda Hamilton, an English teacher at Pungo Christian Academy, passed away on Monday from her injuries.


She was hospitalized for multiple days after being attacked by an unknown animal while walking down Indian Run Road.
Mourners filled the school's gymnasium for Hamilton's service. It was standing room only inside, while the funeral home said close to a thousand vehicles were parked in the area so people could attend.
Memorial contributions can be made to Union Grove Church of Christ, 6889 NC Hwy. 99 North, Pantego, NC 27860 or Pungo Christian Academy, 1009 West Main Street, Belhaven, NC 27810.

Beaufort County deputies are still investigating what type of animal attacked the 77-year-old woman last Friday as she walked down the road near her home.
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A 77-year-old North Carolina teacher has died of injuries suffered in a mysterious animal attack Friday, Feb 15,  in the small Beaufort County town of Pantego, according to a Monday Facebook post from the school where she worked.
Investigators with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Brenda Hamilton’s death and reported they are still trying to determine what kind of animal was involved in the attack.
The department originally said the animal’s DNA didn’t match any wild animals indigenous to the area, but corrected that late Monday. 
“Canine DNA was found on Mrs. Hamilton’s clothing, however the testing does not differentiate between wild canines such as wolf or coyote indigenous to the area and domestic canines,” said an updated post from the sheriff’s office. “At present Sheriff’s Investigators are collecting DNA from domestic canines in the area for further testing.”
Beaufort County is home to bears, alligators and coyotes, but “preliminary DNA testing facilitated by NC Wildlife Biologist has eliminated any wild animals indigenous to the area,” said a statement issued by the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.
The victim was identified a high school teacher at Pungo Christian Academy in Bellhaven.
https://www.cbs17.com/news/north-carolina-news/77-year-old-nc-teacher-dies-following-animal-attack/1791799053?fbclid=IwAR0L7ry-eB-CkQV8G1NXgtzVOA9wb9eOgNr3oGNp4TPk7iKRuSYJduObaoU

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article226423575.html?fbclid=IwAR0y9M5SpDKEiJH8-jAXILGip0GEKawu5uvrsmsocmx2SYedghVA3ezF-mk


2019 DOG BITE RELATED FATALITIES - 6 (1 child + 5 adults)


PIT BULL - 2  (KY, CA)
?BOXER MIXS? - 1  (SC)
PIT BULL AND A SHEPHERD MIX - 1  (TX)
PACK OF DOGS - 1  (MS)
2 DOBERMAN PINSCHERS - 1  (TX)

CA - 1
KY - 1 
MS - 1
SC - 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 - Houston TX - 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. 

5)  2-15- Angela Johnson - 54 - Anza Riverside County CA - On Dec 15, 2018, she was hanging out clothes on a line in her yard when a neighbor's 3 pit bulls mauled her - A main artery was bitten into on her neck and she suffered a severe stroke - She remained in a coma and died on Feb 9, 2019.

6) 2-21 - Nancy Burgess-Dismuke - 52 - Greenville SC - She was playing in her yard with 2 of her dogs said to be  BOXER MIXES - Neighbors heard her screaming and at first thought they were just playing, then realized they were mauling her  - several men came running and hit the dogs with various things but the tiny woman had lost so much blood from her upper extremities ... "one arm was hanging and the other was bitten off!!!"


PENDING:

2-15-19 - Brenda Hamilton - 77 - Pantego Beaufort County NC - She was attacked around 6am on Friday morning on Indian Run Road - Canine DNA was found on her - Investigators are collecting DNA from "canines" in the area to find which animal horribly and fatally mauled her.     



2 comments:

Dayna said...

Have coyotes EVER been known to attack people? Are there really wolves in NC?? Let's cut to the chase, it was some asshole's pit bulls or pit mixes that they let roam. I really hope that the owner finds themselves at the business end of their own pit/s.

Anonymous said...

Although I don't believe coyotes would have done this, coydogs might very well have done it.