Dogs euthanized after elderly woman killed in attack in NC

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – Two American Pit Bull Terriers, who were involved in a deadly attack an elderly woman in Charlotte, have been euthanized, according to investigators.

Eighty-six-year-old Bessie Flowers, was killed at a home along the 3200-block of Luke Crossing in late March, near the Arboretum. According to a source, Flowers was visiting her daughter when the attack happened.Previous: Elderly NC woman attacked, killed by pit bulls while visiting family

In the 911 call, released the next day, a woman can be heard saying “This is an emergency. My dogs attacked and really hurt her. Please come!”

Officials said Flowers suffered “fatal dog bite injuries” and was pronounced dead at the scene. Sources said she suffered injuries to the neck and lost a substantial amount of blood.

WBTV has learned that Flowers was heading back into the house from the back porch when she either slipped or tripped onto a dog bed.

The family’s dogs – two American Pit Bull Terriers – went over to Flowers while she was down and apparently started playing with her. A police source says the dogs became more aggressive, and that the aggression escalated. She suffered bites to the neck and head.

Flowers’ daughter eventually separated the dogs and was finally able to get them off her mother. With her mother bleeding, the daughter called for help. Police found Flowers on the living room floor.

Investigators said both animals were properly licensed and vaccinated. WBTV learned that the dogs’ owner, the victim’s daughter, didn’t want to sign the dogs over – so CMPD’s Animal Care & Control officers seized the dogs.

The dogs were placed in a 10-day quarantine. The dogs are housed in rabies quarantine kennels and cared for by the Animal Care Technicians and Vet staff.

Wednesday, the victim’s daughter surrendered her legal rights to both dogs. The quarantine ended Thursday morning and both animals were euthanized.

According to Animal Care & Control, the investigation has been closed and no charges are being filed at this time.

Flowers was buried Saturday. The Medical Examiner’s office says no autopsy was performed because the cause of death was “clear” as “blunt force neck injuries due to dog attack.”

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