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A Massachusetts woman died Friday after she was torn by her family dog while having a seizure, authorities said.
The police department received a call around 5:20 p.m. the daughter of the victim, said her mother, Melissa Astacio, 44, was an assault on their home, the dog decided to attack.
When the police and ambulance arrived on the scene, the 8-year-old pit bull, was reportedly still have to attack Astacio. Law enforcement personnel had to use a stun gun on the dogs, so the paramedics could try to save the victim, according to the Bristol District Attorney’s Office.
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After the attack, Astacio, who Quinn’s office said it has had a history of seizures, was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, where she was pronounced dead at 6:20 pm
The pit bull has been taken by the Swansea Animal Control, where it has been placed in quarantine. The police said on Saturday that there was no criminal offence was suspected, and an investigation is under way.
Dr. Terri Bright, director of behavior services at the MSPCA-Angell, said she hoped the incident would be investigated over race, according to the Boston Herald.
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Each dog has a behavior that is both nature and nurture, and no race is inherently good or evil any more than a man,” she said.
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In 2015, a pit bull named Warriors and was credited with saving the life of a 10-year-old Ohio boy who suffered a seizure as the animal began to growl to warn the child’s parents, according to Cincinnati’s WKRC-TV.