Woman mauled to death by pit bull she adopted just two weeks ago
It was reported that Robin Conway's husband found her body in their backyard with the dog standing over her. He immediately tied the dog to a fence post and called 911
A 64-year-old woman from Maryland was reportedly found mauled to death by her newly adopted pit bull in her own backyard on September 3. According to a statement by the Howard County Police Department, a family member of Robin Conway said her husband found her lying dead in their yard in Columbia at around 7:20 p.m. "with the dog standing over her". He managed to tie the dog to a fence post and called 911.
Susan LeClair, Conway's sister, told WFTS in an interview: "She loved animals, all kinds of animals. She was in love with that dog. And she’s in love with animals." Other family members told the news station that they had thought there was nothing wrong if Conway took the dog out in the evening for a walk.
They said, however, that they started getting concerned when she did not get back by sundown. That's when they checked the backyard and found her body.
A Howard County woman was mauled to death in her back yard last night by a pit bull she rescued two weeks ago. Robin Conway's sister says Conway's husband secured the dog to a fence after calling 911. The dog was put down and police say a death investigation is underway. pic.twitter.com/CbqWEGTHoA— Paul Wagner (@Fox5Wagner) September 4, 2018
LeClair added: "The dog apparently went after her. She was dead." Authorities who responded to the scene said they found the elderly woman in the yard with "significant injuries".
They said in a statement: "The dog, still attached to the post, was barking and lunging on the leash and had to be subdued by animal control officers and ultimately euthanized."
The police statement also said that the state medical examiner will determine what exactly was Conway's cause of death and a necropsy is to be performed on the dog to see if it had rabies.
In spite of the pit bull killing her sister, LeClair said the family does not blame the breed of dog and has urged others to not do the same. Conway had adopted pit bull mixes in the past, and her sister said the actions of one dog shouldn’t determine the outlook on a whole breed.
She told the news station: "It was obviously something wrong with this dog, but that’s not to be construed as all pit bulls are bad and I know Robin wouldn’t want that."
Authorities said they do not know much of the dog's adoption and how it happened but they said in a statement that the pit bull was adopted from another state.