According to police, a Pennsylvania woman was attacked and killed by her neighbor’s Great Danes while she was feeding them.
Kristin Potter (38), of Centre Township, Perry County, passed away Thursday despite efforts by emergency responders and police officers. They were unable to reach her and the dogs were tranquilized until animal control arrived, according to local NBC affiliate WGAL.
Robert Ressler, Perry County Coroner, told the outlet that Potter had previously fed the dogs and that she had been to the house with her young child. He eventually ran for help after the dogs attacked his mother.
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Ressler spoke out about Potter’s son, saying that although he was at the scene, he didn’t seem to have been there for much. “As soon he saw his mother’s dogs attacking his mother, he ran to the road to call 911.”
A French bulldog and another Great Dane were also present in the home, but they didn’t attack. Two Great Danes mauled Potter and were later euthanized. State police are continuing to investigate the matter.
Brandon Zeiders is engaged to Potter’s younger sister . He told Penn Live the state police believed that the Great Danes were fighting and then turned against Potter when she tried intervene.
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Wendy Sabathne, the dog’s owner, said that her dogs were “heartbroken”. She spoke from the hospital where her mother was being treated in intensive care. “I am in shock. “I’m in shock and want to die. This is unbelievable.
Multiple individuals claimed that Sabathne’s dog had displayed aggression before. Potter’s father Bill Keefer claimed that the dogs had bit his daughter two to three years earlier.
Kelly Abati, a Trooper in the State Police, told the outlet that there is no decision yet on whether Sabathne will face criminal charges.
According to Penn Live, Potter had suffered multiple tragedies over the years. She lost her husband and her 11-year old son.
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According to the American Kennel Club, Great Danes can reach 32 inches at the shoulder and are considered gentle but used historically as guard dogs.