Dog Responsible for Woman's Death Put Down

DAYTON, July 3, 2013 - The two days of public concern and apprehension for their safety in the Woodland Hills Sub-Division, in central Liberty County, came to a close this evening at 6:25pm when the unknown large male mixed breed dog responsible for the mauling death of a 63 year old woman yesterday was “put down” by a Sheriff’s Deputy. Deputies and Constables have been on patrol in the sub-division since the stray dog escaped after being wounded by another Deputy the day before at the scene of the death on CR 6478.

A resident on CR 648, which was approximately one half mile from yesterday’s tragedy, alerted law enforcement of the dog that was prowling in a wooded area behind their home, As Deputies arrived, the dog ran directly towards a Liberty County Deputy who discharged his weapon twice at the dog bringing him down. There was evidence of a wound to the animal’s neck area from being shot the day before.

Law Enforcement had planned to tranquilize the animal if possible but his aggressive nature prevented this. However, the end results for the dog would have eventually been the same. Due to the fact it is unknown if the dog had rabies and may have fought other dogs in the area as he did at the scene of the mauling death, it was felt the dog’s remains should be sent off to a laboratory in Katy, Texas for examination and this will be carried out tomorrow,

Since yesterday the Sheriff’s Department received several phone calls from concerned parents of the sub-division fearing for the safety of their small children and pets playing outside. All residents of the Woodland Hills Sub-Division were advised to keep their children and pets inside until this issue was resolved.

Sheriff Bobby Rader wishes to thank all the media for putting out the public notice to area residents about the possible danger of this dog thus helping in possibly avoiding another tragedy.

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