Authorities say a Pennsylvania mother was brutally mauled to death in front of her young son by her neighbor’s two Danes when they went to feed them while the owner was away.
Christine Potter was killed after two large dogs ran towards her inside a neighbor’s home Thursday night, according to Perry County Coroner Robert Ressler.
Ressler said first responders and police officers were unable to reach the 38-year-old victim until animal control officers showed up and sedated the dogs.
Her young son joined her to feed the dogs while the owner was away, but he ran off for help after Potter was targeted by the dogs.
“He was present at the scene, but I don’t think he was there for much of it,” Ressler said. According to WGAL. “As soon as he saw the dogs start attacking his mother, he ran across the road to tell his brother to call 911.”
The two dogs involved in Potter’s attack were later killed at a veterinary office.
Officials said a third Great Dane was also inside the home, but was not part of the deadly attack.
Brandon Zayders, who is Potter’s sister’s fiancée, said state police told him two Great Danes might have been fighting and then directed their anger at Potter when she intervened, According to Penn Live.
The dog’s owner told the outlet that she was “heartbroken” by the accident.
“I’m heartbroken, I’m shocked, I’m in disbelief and I just want to die,” said Wendy Sabatny. “I can’t believe this happened.”
Potter’s father, Bill Keefer, is reported to have said that one of the dogs had previously bit Potter “after two or three years.”
Potter has already suffered the death of her husband several years ago as well as the death of one of her sons, who was 11 years old when he was fatally injured while cycling in 2020, the family told Penn Live.
Her relatives said that she was engaged and soon moved to Florida with her future husband.
The victim’s younger sister, a mother of two, was remembered in the town center as someone of “a very lovely personality”.
“When you’re around her, she feels better,” Sister Jennifer Kiefer told WGAL. “When you talk to her, you feel better.”
“She was likable just to be around,” Kiefer continued. “Everyone loved it.”
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