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.