Woman mauled to death by her pet dog in back yard

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CHICAGO (CBS News)— A 77-year-old woman was attacked and killed by her pet pit bull Monday afternoon in south suburban Alsip.

CBS Chicago reports officers were called around 3:30 p.m. to a home at 11604 S. Komensky Avenue to a report of a person being attacked by a dog in the back yard.

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The dog, a 6-year-old pit bull, was aggressive when officers arrived and was subsequently killed, Alsip police said.

he woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Neighbors of the elderly woman said she was a sweet lady who lived with family. No other incidents or complaints involving the dog were previously reported to authorities.



As of late Monday evening, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office had not release the woman’s identity. An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday.

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  • Yes

    Are you kidding?
    Pits are monsters.

  • lagartha

    You “carry a pistol because of pit bulls”? I carry because of criminals!

  • Tim

    A five-year review of dog-bite injuries from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, published in 2009 in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, found that almost 51 percent of the attacks were from pit bulls, almost 9 percent were from Rottweilers and 6 percent were from mixes of those two breeds.

  • 58thStreetSurfer

    Three people dead in the past week, a young woman was “chewed to death” by FIVE pits that she knew, and the dogs were familiar with her.

    • Krista Hewett

      I already went round and round with your group of “pit bull” haters a few years ago and wasted hours if not days of my time to end up agreeing to disagree. No need on trying to convince me that the dogs should be banished from the planet. My “pit bull” is an 8 yr. old AKC registered American Staffordshire Terrier bred for SHOW!!! She lives with my 82 yr. old mother and is 8 years old and has never harmed a human or animal. If you can’t handle the heat, stay out of the kitchen, but leave people alone who choose to live their life as they wish. I’m a responsible dog owner and your fight is with irresponsible owners. NOT the breed. If people are killed by their own dogs, it was their choice to take the chance. I believe people should be free to own any dog they wish.

  • yikesarama

    I’ve had 7 dogs in my lifetime and love dogs generally. But I carry a pistol when out walking our dogs because of pit bulls. There are just some breeds that, no matter how friendly they are to the owner, once he sees some little kid run by out of the corner of his eye, and detects that he is defenseless (like this lady), no one can predict what he’ll do. Same with several breeds, but this one is at the top of the list.

  • lagartha

    This is very sad. Yes the breed has a bad rep, yes the breed can be dangerous. But it’s not JUST the pit bull Rottweilers, Dobermans, Akita, Chow Chow, Mastiffs, german shepards, and believe it or not chihuahuas. In fact there are several small breeds that are considered more aggressive than a pit bull. Of course the pit is stronger and will do more damage, but the frequency of getting bit by a that cute lovable small chihuahua is greater than the larger breeds. It all comes down to responsible owners. In no way am I being unsympathetic because I feel sorry for the family that lost their loved one but a 77 year old person should not have a pit bull as a pet.

    • Christopher Meyers

      The “smaller breeds” may at times be aggressive, but they don’t rip children’s faces off in one snap of their jaw. they also do not have the programmed aggression that is dialed into the breeding, training and DNA of pits. The pits are enormously muscular with huge blockheads and powerful jaws. Once it goes off, it’s a done deal, someone will get maimed or killed before it’s all over! This is the reason the ignorant ones cruelly fight them to the death for money.

      • lagartha

        “ignorant” ones? You mean the CRIMINALS. Man made the pit that way a long long time ago. Owners need to be responsible and smart when owning ANY breed of dog. I would never leave a child alone with any dog because anything can happen. Dogs in general are possessive and children can do silly things like pull tails or tease the dog. The dog gets triggered and ugly things happen. A family member had to get over 75 stitches to the face (almost lost an ear) because he was trying to take grandmas pet Pomeranian’s toy. People need to use some basic common sense when choosing and owning and animal.

    • guest45

      make you a deal, I’ ll go in the room with the aggressive chichuahuas and you go into a locked with with the aggressive pitts, see who fares best.
      until you have seen the after math of a pitt mauling you have no idea just how bad this really is, and it is not predictable.

      • lagartha

        Unfortunately I have seen the aftermath, thankfully it was dog against dog. I have owned several pits at one point, some extremely gentle and some not so. I know what they are capable of, I have seen it first hand. I am not trying to defend the breed in any way and wouldn’t own one again. Had to make the heartbreaking decision to give them up because my children are more valuable than anything else. They never showed signs of aggression towards the children and were very protective, however I was not going to take any chances. The the pit makes the news because it’s a pit. But there are many other breeds that are just as aggressive and have killed that don’t make the headlines. Selective reporting to push an agenda, like all of the media.
        Your right, the chihuahua is not going to kill you but I wouldn’t own one either, they leave nasty scars.

  • guest45

    I am a big dog lover, I do not trust nor do I want to be around a pit bull no matter how loveable they are, when and if they snap they are uncontrollable, years ago 2 pits attacked a basset hound with the owner laying on top of her dog and ripped the gut’s out of it in our neighbor hood, owners need to be charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to commit murder when these dangerous breeds hurt another one’s pets, fortunately this time the owner is the one that was involved.

  • Gabriel Barros

    Alsip police answered a call of a dog attacking a person in a backyard at 11604 S. Komensky Ave. A neighbor passing by earlier saw the woman grappling with the dog on the back deck but assumed they were “rough housing.” He called 911 when he returned from walking his own dog and saw the dog on top of the woman, Alsip Police Chief Jay Miller told Daily Southtown.

  • 58thStreetSurfer

    Another sweet, lovable pit bull attack. And it killed it’s owner. Oops, bet I just riled up the pit bull worshipers cult.

    • Krista Hewett

      Not riled at all. I know there’s “breedist”, aka doggie racists out there like you.

      • 58thStreetSurfer

        Doggie racist. An insult I’ve never been called before, and when I went through boot camp, I was called about 20 new obscene words I’d never heard before.

      • Krista Hewett

        If the shoe fits……

      • Christopher Meyers

        “Doggie racists” Are ya kiddin’ me? How many cases do you need to hear about children being mauled, maimed and murdered by this breed before you understand their inherent, in-bred danger? Do you enjoy seeing people disemboweled by a mad dog, a child’s face ripped off it’s little skull and it’s body thrown around like some inanimate rag-doll?
        “Doggie racists”? You just showed me a new low!

      • Krista Hewett

        I think it’s pretty darn low to judge all pit bulls as animals not deserving of life on this planet because one out of millions does a horrible deed.

      • mike gerics

        if i were PRE-judice….i might be a doggie racist.
        but since i’m POST-judice….i just know that i’m right.

        get rid of the pit bull species altogether.

      • Yes

        Awww you mad?
        Nutter.