Dogs kill their rescuer, DeKalb cops say

Friday, Aug 17, 2012 7:33 AM
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DECATUR, Ga. -- Rebecca Carey, a close friend said, was always on the lookout for animals needing her help. That generous spirit cost the 23-year-old Decatur woman her life, when she was killed by multiple dog bites sometime over the weekend, DeKalb County police told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday.

“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. “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.”

Carey had five dogs living with her at the time of her death. One of them was a pit bull she had owned for six years. The Georgia Perimeter college student had taken in another pit bull and a boxer mix, along with a Presa, a large Spanish breed.

Carey was also dogsitting a Presa owned by Jackie Cira, who discovered her friend’s body Sunday afternoon after she failed to show up for work at Alpharetta’s Loving Hands Animal Clinic.

“It looked like she had fallen and hit her head,” said Cira, who lives in Loganville.

Officers initially thought they may be dealing with a homicide, said DeKalb police spokeswoman Mekka Parish. But it soon became clear that her attackers were four-legged.

With the consent of Carey’s parents, the dogs were euthanized Wednesday, Parish said.

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scoopdedoop64 08/17/12 - 11:14 am
You Just Can't Trust Them

I love dogs and have a small terrier/ Chihuahua mixed dog. Grew up with a German Shepherd dog. With that said there is something in the pitbull genetics that cause them to turn on their owners. You can't trust them and yet people continue to have them as pets. As much as I like pets I am never at ease to trust one because you just don't know what is going on between those loveable ears. Those of you that have children or elderly parents be especially careful of having any pet big enough to hurt your love ones.

Fiat_Lux 08/17/12 - 11:56 am
Even the little ones can be dangerous,

especially to someone who is disabled. Remember the woman rendered unconscious by drugs who had her face eaten off by a hungry pet?

Most of us want to believe our pets would lie beside our dead bodies and die protecting them from anything or anyone else. Don't count on it. And don't leave one with a child or vulnerable person, ever. You just never know.

Willow Bailey
Willow Bailey 08/17/12 - 12:01 pm
I agree scoopdedoop

One of my best friends does this in Evans. I am going to send this to her.

MrsD2 08/17/12 - 12:48 pm
such a sad story for all

such a sad story for all parties involved but why is everyone assuming she died due to an animal attack? I read the story from AJC and it says she may have fallen and hit her head trying to break up a fight....perhaps the dog bites are from hunger...although I understand the thoughts from both sides of the argument I just wish euthanasia wasn't the automatic response until a thorough investigation was completed. We don't go straight to the electric chair for humans (although in some cases, I wish we would)

shrimp for breakfast
shrimp for breakfast 08/19/12 - 12:26 am
Very sad

My heart goes out to the family.

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