A Louisiana woman who was working at a pet hotel was killed by a dog, officials said.
Laura Williams Ray, a mother of three, was attacked by a 50-pound pit bull at the Happy Hound Hotel in West Monroe, on Tuesday, Jan. 10, local station KTVE reported.
Ray was trying to feed the animal when it attacked her. Officials don’t know why the dog suddenly became violent and attacked her, KNOE-TV reported. The animal didn’t have a history of aggression.
“Our hearts go out to the family,” Happy Hound Hotel owner Leanne Stuckey told The News Star. “I’m just grieving for them.”
The pit bull was released from the pet hotel and was sent to Ouachita Parish Animal Control.
@NancyGrace 2018 Dog Bite Fatality: Woman killed by pit bull at pet boarding facility in Louisiana. A friend says she was cleaning out a kennel at Happy Hound Hotel when she was attacked. https://t.co/U2hdwPbi9s pic.twitter.com/Nl51Hii5Wc
— Julie Eyrich (@JulieEyrich) January 11, 2018
District Attorney Steve Tew said his office is investigating.
The DA’s office can initiate the move to have the dog euthanized.
Other details about the case are not clear.
According to KNOE, family members asked the media to give them time to grieve and cope with her death.
‘Most abused dogs on earth’
Animal rights group PETA says that pit bulls are “the most abused dogs on Earth.”
“Pit bulls are left at shelters in record numbers—and since they are difficult to adopt out, reputable shelters (that don’t slam the door in the dogs’ faces) are finding that they must euthanize more pit bulls and pit bull mixes than all other dogs combined,” the group says.
Karen Delise, research director for the National Canine Research Council and author of The Pitbull Placebo, has investigated hundreds of dog bite incidents. She wrote:
My study of dog bite-related fatalities occurring over the past five decades has identified the poor ownership/management practices involved in the overwhelming majority of these incidents: owners obtaining dogs, and maintaining them as resident dogs outside of regular, positive human interaction, often for negative functions (i.e. guarding/protection, fighting, intimidation/status); owners failing to humanely contain, control and maintain their dogs (chained dogs, loose roaming dogs, cases of abuse/neglect); owners failing to knowledgably supervise interaction between children and dogs; and owners failing to spay or neuter dogs not used for competition, show, or in a responsible breeding program.