Fatal Dog Attack Prompts Concerns Over Large-Breed Dogs

Following the story 3News reporter Tuesday of a vicious dog attack that claimed the life of a local woman, many in the community have voiced concerns about large-breed dogs.

Rita Ross' body was found Monday night, along with seventeen dogs, some of which had been feeding on her remains. The Nueces County Medical Examiner determined that the 64-year old had died of a heart attack after she was attacked and bitten multiple times.

Melissa with For the Love of Strays said she has worked with larger breeds for many years and has never heard of this happening. She said she actually feels more comfortable around larger breeds, and recommends any potential new pet owners to contact animal rescues around the area first and volunteer to walk large dogs so you become more comfortable.

Animal Care Services said it appeared that five of the 17 dogs found at Ross' home were responsible for the attack. Those five will likely be euthanized, but as of now, sources say none of the dogs in the attack have been put to sleep.


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