Maryland Woman Mauled to Death by Her Pitbull
MARYLAND — September 5, 2018
Police in Maryland are investigating whether a woman found dead in her backyard was mauled to death by a pitbull she had recently adopted.
The woman, age 64, was found with "significant injuries" on Labor Day outside her home in Columbia, Maryland, Howard County police said Tuesday. She was pronounced dead at the scene. She was later identified as Robin Conway.
A family member found Conway injured at the home on Tamar Drive about 7:20 p.m., police said. The dog was standing over her.
When police and paramedics arrived, the dog was "barking and lunging on the leash."
Outside Conway's home, animal control officers subdued the animal. It was later euthanized. A necropsy of the dog will be performed to determine if it had rabies or other medical issues.
Conway had adopted the pitbull from out of state just two weeks earlier.
Animal control had not previously been called about any problems with the animal. Information on its breed and size were not released. Police say that they do not yet have information about where the animal was adopted.
The pitbull breed encompasses several breeds of muscular, block-headed dogs, including American Staffordshire terriers, Staffordshire bull terriers, and American bulldogs. Pitbulls are considered to be one of the most aggressive dog breeds. Animal control warns that it is extremely dangerous to leave pitbulls near children or play with them at a close distance.
Pitbulls are banned in the neighboring Prince George's County, as well as in many apartment buildings and homeowners associations across the D.C. area. Entire rescue organizations in the region are devoted to finding homes for pitbulls.