When Animals Attack: Female Firefighter Killed By Dog She Adopted From Family Member Who No Longer Wanted Him

- By Bossip Staff

This is so sad. A Midwest woman lost her life at the jaws of a dog she had just rescued the week before.

Via NYDailyNews reports:

An Illinois firefighter who rescued a mastiff when a relative no longer wanted it was mauled to death by the dog, leaving her husband and colleagues in shock, according to reports Wednesday.

Dawn Brown, 44, was discovered Monday afternoon by her husband in their Big Rock home, located outside of Chicago. She was lying at the bottom of the basement stairs, ABC affiliate WLS-TV reported.

“He tried first aid right away, but it was already evident that she was deceased when he got there,” Lt. Pat Gengler, of the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, told the station.

Brown and her husband, Bob, had two other dogs: a pit bull mix and a boxer. The couple took in the mastiff just last week after a relative didn’t want the dog around her small kids, according to reports. The Browns have no children.

“It’s just heartbreaking,” neighbor Mark Hake told NBC 5 Chicago. “We would see them walking their dogs through town, very nice people.”

Brown was a firefighter and paramedic with the Bristol-Kendall Fire Protection District and also worked part-time as a paramedic in Big Rock.

Her co-workers at the Big Rock Fire Department said she had taken the dog to work last week to socialize it. She didn’t seem to have problems controlling the animal.

But authorities say the marks on her body were consistent with a mastiff attack. The dog was described as approximately 130-140 pounds, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Gengler said the dog was “all muscle, very intimidating,” but hadn’t had a history of harming anyone.

Kane County Animal Control took all three of the couple’s dogs. It wasn’t immediately clear what would happen to them.

Meanwhile, Brown’s colleagues said her husband is devastated. They remembered his wife Wednesday as a first responder with a heart.

“Dawn was unique because she was one of those that connected with all of their patients and you can’t say that about every paramedic,” Bristol-Kendall Fire Chief Michael Kalina told KLS-TV. “She was one of those that could feel the empathy, that could feel the pain that they were going through.

Damn, that’s sad. Our condolences to her family.

Guys we keep saying it but we can’t say it enough. Be careful with these animals!


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