One Woman Killed and Another Injured in Dog Attack at a Florida Pet Rescue Center

Toby Hazlewood

Volunteers attacked by dog after it suddenly snapped

Police were called to a dog rescue center in Broward County, FL on February 17 after a large dog attacked and killed one of the volunteers at the shelter. Another volunteer tried to assist at the time and received a number of injuries.

Both the female volunteers were taken to hospital where one of the two later died.

The volunteer who was killed, has been identified only as 'Pam' in a post on the '100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades, Florida' Facebook page:
Facebook Post from Dog Rescue PageFacebook

A tragic accident

It seems particularly sad in this case that the dog was being cared for by volunteers at a pet rescue center when it turned on the woman. Presumably her love for animals was what had led her to be there in the first place, although this will provide little comfort to her friends and family.

Fatal dog attacks are fortunately rare in Florida, but they do happen from time to time.

In August 2020, a woman and her son were attacked by their family dog after it turned on them in their Margate home. The woman - aged 84 - was killed in the attack.

Fatal dog attacks are rare

Around 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the U.S. but the chances of a fatal dog attack are rare, at around 1 in 112,400. For context, the chances of dying of heart disease are 1 in 6.

Pit bulls are recognized to be the most dangerous breed, responsible for 3,397 attacks and 295 deaths in the year 2021.

It is as yet unknown what breed of dog killed the volunteer in Broward County, but it is of course a tragic loss, regardless.

What do you think about people owning dangerous breeds of dog? Do you think that certain breeds should not be kept as domestic pets, or do you think it all depends on the owner and how they treat the animal? Let me know in the comments section below.

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