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Old 08-17-2012, 01:00 PM   #1
 
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Georgia woman who rescued animals killed in dog attack

A Georgia college student who cared for abandoned animals for nearly a decade was attacked and killed by a dog, police said.
Rebecca Carey, 23, was killed at her Decatur home sometime over the weekend, MyFoxAtlanta.com reports.
Authorities said Carey, who worked with dogs since she was a young teenager, had five dogs living with her at the time of her death. They included a pit bull, which she had owned for six years, a boxer mix and a Presa, a large Spanish breed. She was also dogsitting another Presa for a friend.
Carey’s body was discovered Sunday afternoon after she failed to show up for work at Alpharetta’s Loving Hands Animal Clinic. The dogs that she was caring for in her home were euthanized on Wednesday. It was unclear which dog killed Carey.
"Since the second grade when she read the book 'Throw Away Pets,' she vowed to be a voice for all animals," her parents, Greg and Ellen Carey, said in a statement to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Upon placing her first abandoned animal in a permanent loving home in 2003, she volunteered countless hours with rescue networks and animal shelters. There she did what she loved the most: rescuing animals from untenable situations to find them safe, loving homes."
Sgt. Kim Medlin of DeKalb County Animal County said Carey’s death was the county’s first fatal dog bite.
“I don’t know these dogs, but I know what they did,” Medlin told MyFoxAtlanta.com. “And that’s how we made our judgment.”
The cause of death was listed as neck and upper torso injuries consistent with dog bites, the website reports.
Neighbor Monica Cofer said the dogs had never shows any signs of aggression in the past.
“They never showed any type of aggression,” she told the website. “Even if one got loose, you could tell them to go back to their yard and they’d go back.”


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Old 08-17-2012, 03:18 PM   #2
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I've done a little volunteer work at the Baton Rouge shelter lately ... maybe I need to re-think my volunteering!
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That is aweful. Never know what will trigger some rescue dogs to snap however, most have been abused by truly sick people.
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Isn't ironic .... hmmm, that's why I tell the wife to stay away from the pit bulls they "handle" at her job, actually she won't go near them after one tried to attack her a couple years ago
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Not just rescue dogs. I was attached by our Lab when I was a kid. We'd had him (his name was Trog) since he was a puppy and I raised him. He was my bud. One afternoon, we were both just laying on the floor and I was petting him, down his front leg and across his paw. He'd never been bothered by this, ever, and all of a sudden he attacked me. I had to go to the emergency room. We had to put him down. It was (obviously) a horrible horrible thing - broke my heart in a million pieces.

I'm an animal lover. And in particular I love dogs. All breeds. Currently we have two. They're small dogs because I have little kids, but I miss having a big dog and when my kids get a little older I'll get another big one.

But I can tell you this. You have to respect that no matter how much you love them, and no matter how docile they can be, they are still animals and you can never drop your guard. This isn't to say you can't love them, love on them, and otherwise allow them to be a part of your family, but you can never truly let your guard all the way down.

I don't know what happened to this girl. It's sad, but my wife is a Vet Tech - been around dogs her whole life - and she'll tell you the same thing. You can never forget they are animals and they can and sometimes do just snap.

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