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Angry pit bullHODGES, S.C. —A 65-year-old woman in South Carolina was killed by a pit bull while babysitting her grandchildren.

Betty Todd was babysitting her three grandchildren – ages 1 to 12 – while her son and his wife went to dinner Tuesday night.

For reasons unknown, the family pit bull began viciously attacking Todd. The oldest grandchild tried to get the dog off her grandmother but was unable to. The girl gathered her siblings into a room that did not contain their screaming grandmother being killed by their dog and called her father for help.

When police arrived at the home, they were greeted at the door by an aggressive pit bull with blood on its mouth, chest and paws. At the same time, Todd’s son and his wife pulled up and were able to corral the dog into another room of the house.

Todd was found unresponsive with puncture wounds to her head, face and neck. EMS attempted to resuscitate her, but were unsuccessful. The coroner stated Betty Todd died of neck and spinal injuries.

The dog was later taken to the Greenwood County Animal Shelter where it was described as submissive. Even so, because of the attack, it will probably be put down at some point.

Todd’s son told deputies that his mother had been to the home numerous times and that the dog never showed any signs of aggression toward her. The victim’s brother-in-law echoed the same thing. “This dog has never shown any aggression before.  It slept in the bed with them.  They’ve had the dog four years, and it never ever showed anything like this,” said David Todd.

Some are saying that, while tragic, the dog was just being protective of the children. I can see that, I guess, but I still don’t want any animal living in my house that could break my goddamn neck because I accidentally stepped on its tail.

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  • KKef

    Oh No… So sad.

    My dog trainer said co-sleeping is not conducive to establishing/maintaining pack order.

  • CT

    “Some are saying that, while tragic, the dog was just being protective of the children” – Was she slapping them around with a frying pan or something?

  • http://www.facebook.com/sandtorie Andrea Travis

    I can’t help but wonder if she was doing something to the kids that made the dog attack… OR if she did something to the dog. For the dog to go from aggressive to submissive is something to look into ….

  • Sam

    Wow. Kudos to the 12 yo. I can’t even imagine having to make the decision to stop helping your grandmother in order to be able to save your siblings. I really hope this doesn’t screw her up for life and that she knows it was the only thing she could have done.

  • OutOfBubbleGum

    I know a couple of teenage girls who make Mc Sedative Milkshakes for Parents. I wonder if they ever thought about expanding into the dog food business?

    I do wonder if the one girl is related to the E-Trades baby? He has the same Internet access issue with his mom.

  • Sam

    The dog obviously wanted to go out for a nice dinner, too. When that didn’t happen, I bet he decided to treat the babysitter as a take out instead.

  • Cassy_Again

    Was the dog neutered (most of these dogs that attacked are not)? What was grandma doing at the time? This is Dreamin’ Demon, and grandma hurting or abusing the children is not exactly outside the realm of possibility. The dog was submissive after the attack…usually when they become unhinged, they don’t suddenly go back to good doggy mode, do they?

  • newstarshipsmell

    Instead of putting these animals down, why don’t we send them to prison with the pedophiles and child-killers?

  • Sam

    It could have just been a case of grandma disciplining one of the kids. As far as the dog was concerned she wasn’t part of his ‘pack’ and with the pack leader out for dinner the dog would have thought it was his job to protect the kids/vulnerable rest of the pack.

  • newstarshipsmell

    Take out? More like delivery. What a tip that was.

  • MyHovercraftIsFullofEels

    This guy I am dating, has an un-neutered pit bull. While I really like the guy (he’s a doctor) and the dog is obedient around him, I can’t ever get to the point where my kids and that dog would be living together. Kids and animals are unpredictable, why take the risk.

  • MyHovercraftIsFullofEels

    I have that shirt in your avie.

  • newstarshipsmell

    There’s a shirt? Awesome, I have to get one.

  • Cassy_Again

    I’ve researched more than 100 attacks and have yet to find a dog that was neutered. In addition, I don’t think I found one that lived in suitable conditions: no socialization, no exercise, chained out, small apartment or living quarters, kept in a pen most of the day…if you throw a match in the oil tank, you’ll get an explosion.

  • MyHovercraftIsFullofEels
  • Sam

    I guess that‘ll teach grandma not to hoard butterscotch candies in her pocket.

  • Athena

    It’s not. Nor is allowing a dog on furniture. But, it can be funnier than shit sometimes. My husband and I used to have a Rott/German Shepherd mix (R.I.P., Elke girl). Big ol’ thing that she was, when my little sister came to live with us as a teen, Elke used to push her off the futon, recognizing my sister as equal to or maybe even beneath her in the pack. Watching my sister and my dog battle for futon control would send me into fits of violent laughter.

  • JohnQknowitall

    Pit Bull owners are just as guilty as people who play Russian Roulette with someone else’s life.

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    Does that really matter? Grandma’s DEAD!

  • daMonBrooks

    I think it depends on the relationship the owner has with the dogs, in addition to the dogs personality. I’m not a behaviorist by any measure, though I do own several well behaved dogs that enjoy sleeping with me (although, I can’t stand their snoring). I have never had to “maintain” pack order outside of my daily interactions with them. Perhaps its because they have plenty of space and are with me when I go about chores on my property, though there has been and I doubt there will ever be any usurping in my packs.

  • newstarshipsmell

    That, or not to wear Odeur de Nourriture Pour Chiens perfume on her neck when she’s babysitting.

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    Sure… When you keep a representative of a “breed” of dogs in your home that has more human kills under it’s belt than I have ammo in my house, train Grandma how to behave around it.
    How about this: “Keep ‘Pits’ away from your family!”

  • daMonBrooks

    I wonder if Granny didn’t spend time with the kiddos alone too often. I picture the dog slowly freaking out because thebig dogs (the parents) weren’t there to give any cues.

    Such an awful story for everyone involved. I hope the kids heal properly in time.

  • daMonBrooks

    Now If you’ll excuse me. Dott (the vicious) would like some more tea.

  • CT

    Yeah, I had the opposite problem with my Grandmother and my cat. He just sat back and laughed when she bitched slapped us. Fucking cat.

  • CT

    You dog is certainly giving you the – I will kill you in your sleep someday look. You should sleep with your door locked.

  • Sam

    believe me, I will not be having any pit bulls near my family. Grandma has a Jack Russell that we take care of when she’s off on her jollies, and even that scrawny little cute fur ball I won’t leave my kids alone with.
    But animals are animals. Would you get upset if a lion tries to eat your little one, or would you blame whomever knocked down the fence that separated the lion from your family? I was merely explaining the potential thought process of the pit bull. I actually think this is completely on the mum and dad, who should have been more knowledgeable about the nature of their animal. They shouldn’t just have relied on it behaving just as loveable when they (the people the dog considered its boss) weren’t around, and should have penned it in for the evening.

  • creamofflicka

    This was in SC. These are me people. Its likely.

    Also, if you read a headline like “5′ 2″ Bleach Blonde with Showing Roots Drives Monster Sized SUV Broadside through Short Bus full of Adult Ed Students” Well, That’s my people, too.

  • daMonBrooks

    <3

  • Gee

    There are many other breeds that can do this exact same thing. Constantly given Pit bulls a bad rap. I can name 10 other breeds that I put on the list of unpredictable before Pit bulls.

  • Gee

    On that note I don’t think Pit Bulls make good family pets either. The problem with people is that they get dogs to suit their fancy and not suit their family needs. The breeds specific and have been bred for a reason. Any breed the the Guard family will be more protective and aggressive.

  • Gee

    I <3 this

  • KKef

    Lol :) Too cute! Based on the trainer’s advice, my very spoiled bitch has her very own crib mattress complete with a comforter at the foot of our bed. But yeah, I have caught her cozied up on the bed with the teenager a couple times :)

  • Beansiegirl

    Yikes, that is just horrific. My brother has a sweet pit mix that is so loving and friendly, but I always pray she never snaps.

  • LeaveMeBe

    I sent you the link for the shirt, Oreoface. That’s where you got the avie from. :P

  • LeaveMeBe

    My loveable lab would always push my mom away from the kids when she would grab their hands and dance with them and they’d scream with laughter. He would never hurt anything but it stressed him out because he thought she was harming them. Maybe the dog just mistook some play, maybe tickling them or something that made them scream, and he wigged out. :(

  • newstarshipsmell

    See? Once in a blue moon your memory is actually better than mine. Enjoy it while it lasts, but don’t get too smug.

  • Sam

    “Hmm. This pizza tastes funny.”

  • JohnQknowitall

    Please identify 10 breeds that are equally dangerous and articles proving they have seriously harmed humans.

  • Gee

    1. Pit Bull – Category encompasses a number of dog breeds, including
    the American Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier and
    Staffordshire Bull Terrier. They were historically bred to be
    aggressive, powerful fighters and have extremely strong jaws.

    2. Rottweiler – Together, the Rottweiler and Pit Bull category are
    responsible for an estimated 60 percent of all dog bite fatalities. They
    are an extremely intelligent breed, but poor training can lead them to
    become very aggressive and disobedient.

    3. Siberian Husky – Because they were originally bred for work and
    typically did not socialize with humans, this large breed can have
    behavioral issues and sometimes mistaken children for prey.

    4. Saint Bernard – They are one of the largest breeds in existence,
    and can be good family dogs with proper training. However, their large
    size leads them to be occasionally dominant and poor training can
    produce an aggressive attitude.

    5. German Shepherd – Perhaps most popular for serving as police dogs,
    this breed is very intelligent and friendly. But their jaw strength and
    natural instincts make them equally dangerous in certain situations.

    6. Great Dane – Dogs from this enormous breed are typically the
    gentle giant type, but they are also known for developing aggressive
    behavior with poor training. At 150 lbs with inches-long teeth, an
    aggressive dog presents a very dangerous scenario, especially around
    children.

    7. Doberman Pinscher – Because their personalities can be so widely
    varied, training and companionship are the two key factors to a
    well-behaved Doberman. They are known for responding aggressively to
    physical corrections in training.

    8. Chow Chow – Chows are extremely territorial. Any strangers
    entering the property or approaching family members are considered a
    threat by this breed, and even well-trained dogs are known to
    aggressively defend their territory.

    9. Alaskan Malamute – Malamutes are the most wolf-like of all breeds,
    which should hint at its natural aggressive instincts. They are pack
    animals with a natural hunting instinct and extremely powerful athletic
    ability.

    10. Akita – These large, powerful dogs were originally bred to hunt
    bears in Japan. This breed is now commonly used as a police dog and for
    other guarding purposes in Japan. Akita dogs can be very dangerous in
    suburban areas because of their instincts to protect against intruders.
    http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/7/prweb9692432.htm

    this is just one of the first sites I came across ****************************************************************************************
    I will give you that it lists Pit Bull as number one, Like I said above my experience is not Pit bull as one of the worst dogs to deal with for me when I worked as a veterinary Technician. All the Asian Breeds Akitas, Chow chow, Sharpies were always the dogs to look out for. Pit bulls get a lot of Air play.

  • Gee

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fatal_dog_attacks_in_the_United_States#Fatalities_reported_in_2012
    Here is a list of fatalities half are Pit bull but the other half are other
    breeds. I don’t remember those being televised. oh that’s right because they are as sensationalized as Pit Bulls.

  • Buffettgirl

    That would be my guess… I’ve had two, and they were both the sweetest, most loving dogs. Kitty (yes – we named the dog Kitty) was also extremely smart. Her son Buddy, not so much, but he made up for it with even more adoration and hero worship of his humans. I’m in no way an obsessive “you people are wrong, Pits get a bad rap” person. I know they can be aggressive and some have tendencies to suddenly go shit-house-rat crazy with no warning. I would bet in this case, the dog thought the children were in need of protection and it was only doing it’s job. It’s a horrible tragedy for all involved. :-(

  • newstarshipsmell

    Only pit bulls were spawned in Hell, though.

  • daMonBrooks
  • Gee

    Ha….. :o)~

  • LeaveMeBe

    I only want credit where credit is due. I’m needy like that.

  • nerdzilla78

    I know this is true (at least according to our homeowner’s insurance), but I have a great dane. So I giggled.

  • http://www.facebook.com/randi.thistle Randi Thistle

    people can say all day long that it’s not the breed. but it really is. just google a list of dog fatalities and they’ll see that by and large it’s a pit involved in fatal attacks. rots coming in second, throw in a few dobermans and german shepherds and there you have it.

    a lot of these attacks are ‘shocking’ to the owner. if you have a pit, you could very well become the next headline at DD. have kids? you might as well let them juggle loaded pistols.

  • wastintime

    If the dog thought it was protecting the kids, it would not see the grandmother as a threat once it killed her. I feel sorry for this family, especially the kids.

  • wastintime

    Great idea! Toss bacon grease on them and let them play with the dogs! But the humans should be naked, it will make it easier for the dogs.

  • http://hawtmamas.wordpress.com/ hawtmamma

    Cockadoodle DOO! Those DIRTYBIRDS!

  • JohnQknowitall

    Thank-you for the list. Do Pit Bulls get more air play because they do/did the most overall damage to humans? What sorts of people adopt Pit Bulls? Why do I find most every cage at the dog adoption center in Fairfax County Virginia (an affluent community) filedl with Pit Bulls? I have said this before: every dog owner is at least morally responsible for their dog’s actions including murder.

  • JohnQknowitall

    And this is history (please note that this list is only deaths related to dog attacks and not all reported attacks) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fatal_dog_attacks_in_the_United_States

  • JohnQknowitall

    Why don’t they send the owners of killer pets to prison wit pedophiles and child-killers?

  • Abroad

    I wonder what the number of fatal attacks would look like if compared to the number of dogs of the race in the community? I cannot imagine there are many Akitas in the US?

  • daMonBrooks

    I’m starting to question whether you read entire articles and comments, or if you’re just knee jerking to words and phrases that catch your eye. I don’t think anyone is saying that pit bulls and not dangerous though its completly intellectually dishonest to equate them to a loaded gun or some silly blood sport game.

    Lastly I say this because the link you provide was already povided…..by the person I was directly responding to.

  • velvetjoneslives

    You really are as dumb as a fucking grapefruit. When your dog mauls someone to death, be sure to stand in front of the camera with that stupid look on your face going “Golllllyyyy, I can’t believe this happened….”. Only thing worse than Pitbulls is their extreme naive and incredible stupid owners.

  • alphatroll

    They SAY the dog had always been gentle before. But yeah, I can’t help being a little suspicious of that claim.

  • alphatroll

    I know they have a terrible reputation, but every pit bull-type dog I’ve ever known personally has been an extremely sweet, cuddly little lap-pup. I think that speaks mostly about the pit-bull OWNERS I’ve known, but I’m sure breeding makes a difference too. Some deliberately breed for aggression, and some are just careless.

  • alphatroll

    It’s academic, at this point, but some of us are interested in “academic” pursuits.

  • sweekymom

    My mother once got upset with me and started yelling at me. My cat, the late, sainted Tibbles, jumped up and started smacking my mother with her paw. It was completely ineffectual, but it made my mother laugh, and she stopped yelling. Awesome cat.

  • Athena

    LMAO. Just like everyone who owns a gun will be shot with it, and everyone who owns a car will kill someone in an accident, right?

    There are tens of thousands of pit bulls in this country. The percentage that maul is relatively small. Research has determined that, when all other factors are accounted for, pits are actually less aggressive than average. Because they are so capable of severe injury, however, pits require more careful ownership than, say, a Lab. But it is their popularity among uneducated or criminal owners that contributes to the higher-than-average injury and fatality rates.

    That is to say, pits owned by educated, responsible owners are very unlikely to attack anyone. But, hey, who wants a little perspective when knee-jerk, emotional insult slinging is just so much fun?

  • JohnQknowitall

    To this comment there is no link and thanks for the anecdotal. I will look for the comment with the link.

  • techsupp0rt

    My sister has had several little rat dogs that were vicious as all hell. One of them was a poodle, and has made me hate all poodles. Little bastard bit for fun, and she didn’t do anything because she thought he was cute. I’d have loved to curb stomp the little rat, but a pit bull got to it first. Since then, I’ve had a bit of a love for them. The other little rat she had was a dachshund, who also bit for no good reason other than that he was a bad dog of a bad owner, and he should have been curb stomped as well.

    The moral of the story is that all dogs have the potential to be little assholes. Big dogs can be much bigger assholes, because they are much bigger and stronger. Therefore, as the owner of a bigger dog, you have that much more responsibility to make sure your animal is not a danger to ANYONE. If it is, it needs to go, because something like this WILL happen at some point. Also, until you find out what it is that makes your dog like that, DO NOT EVER GET ANOTHER DOG.

    I’ve known too many pit bulls who have been angels throughout their lives, and too many other kinds of dogs that just generally suck as individuals. It comes down to 2 things – how the dog was bred, and how the dog was raised. Not all pits are bred equally, there are those who breed for temperment and physical soundness, and those who breed for something that ‘looks cool’. You don’t want the second kind around, and you don’t want the kind of people around who want to own the second kind.

    Also, all of the stuff about the pitbull related fatalities, sure. They’re owned by thugs more often than not. Also, take a look at many of the dogs that people call ‘pit bulls’ (which isn’t actually a breed). A lot of them are just big ‘bully’ type breeds.

    I’m not an owner of one, but I’m just as against saying it’s a pitbull problem as I am saying something is a ‘black problem’. A race is a breed and vice versa. We know some demographics have a higher rate of violence within them. We know what we call people who would want to wipe out an entire bloodline of something because of a few bad apples and a bushel of misconception.

    Owners of bully breeds have a lot of responsibility on their shoulders. All dogs are capable of violence, and these particular ones are incredibly powerful. Owners really have to go above and beyond to make sure their animal is not a danger. If you can’t be absolutely certain of that, don’t get one.

  • alphatroll

    Non pascentur in troglodytae. ;)

  • alphatroll

    Sorry, I guess I missed the part where you asked for links to statistical studies. Somehow I completely misread your comment and thought you were making a sweeping generalization.

  • alphatroll

    We should really just let Athena write ALL the comments. ;)

  • Jessica Stewart

    A twelve year old that is strong enough to make that decision, seems like the type of kid that would grow up and understand that she did the absolute optimum, under the circumstances. None the less, I agree with you.

  • Broski

    Dogs are not part of packs, that’s an archaic way of thought among animal behaviorists. When a dog becomes feral it will behave as a scavenger rather a pack animal…the more you know.

  • JGo555

    Your “helpful option” is the only thing I can think of that could make something good come out of all of this.

  • Minerva

    There was a story similar to this one in my town not too long ago (yeah, the same town with the Christmas rapists/carjackers and the cannibal daughter).

    A pitbull started to attack a woman and an 11 month old baby. A 16 year old grabbed the baby and ran to an upstairs bedroom where they were rescued by police and taken out of the window. When the police entered the home the dog attempted to attack him so he tasered it. Baby ended up being taken to CHOP with more then twenty bite wounds.

    I’ll make sure to lock up my golden retrievers because “all dogs” are equal and pit bulls are sweet…FYI, when you overbreed and recklessly breed an animal it causes it causes it to have serious problems. A few years ago while purchasing a dog a reputable breeder told me to stay away from German shepherds because they were being breed wrong and when a breed like that is breed wrong, it can cause it to bite and switch temperaments fast. An overbred golden retriever, however, just gets goofy and more ADhD.

  • LeaveMeBe

    You MUST get rid of that avatar. It’s skeeving me out.

  • LeaveMeBe

    Like you, our labs and our beagle have always slept on one of the kids’ beds and we’ve never had an issue with pack order. They are all great dogs, but dogs nonetheless and we treat them as such. My daughter has a mix breed (lab/heeler/cocker spaniel) that sleeps with her and sometimes she is too big for her britches about the bed and “her” room, but we keep working on it (I swear it’s the cocker spaniel in her) and she has gotten much better. I wonder if it’s because of the co-sleeping thing? Of course, these are the same dogs that clamor to go outside and crowd around the back door and all I have to do is walk up to it and say, “Who’s the Queen?” and they back away and let me go out first. Good doggies.

  • LeaveMeBe

    I have NEVER met a Chow Chow that I liked. All of them have bad attitudes. And of all the dogs I’ve ever been around and handled in my life it was a damn Rough Collie that bit me. Go figure.

  • Gee

    There are a lot of Akitas here in Los Angeles. I think it depends on where you live. Different breeds gain popularity at different times.

  • Gee

    Isn’t that what we are talking about? Fatal dog attacks

  • dropthepuck

    Excellent comment, Athena! I couldn’t agree more.

  • dropthepuck

    This is awesome. I love the name Tibbles,

  • Gee

    Social economics has a lot to do with this as well. Like non-education of spaying and Neutering. Lack of funds to spay/Neuter. Neutering is proven fact to lessen a male dogs aggression. I’m not going to go into Race and ownership. Ignorance to proper training is in all races. There is not an exclusivity with it comes to stuck on stupid.

  • Buffettgirl

    Sticks and stones velvetjoneslives, sticks and stones… You’ve only succeeded in making yourself look ignorant. Good for you… By the way, Kitty and Buster have long gone to the dog park in the sky, and low and behold, without EVER biting anyone. Strange, your nonsensical prediction didn’t come true. Does it hurt much to be as wrong as you are?

    The only thing worse than pit bulls are the jackass conclusions uneducated people jump to…

  • Buffettgirl

    Thank you Athena! Well said! :-)

  • http://www.truecrimereport.com CallMeMister

    I can’t understand why you have 3 downvotes. You’re stating facts, well known facts. People I guess still try to delude themselves and think everything is all roses and bad things only happen to OTHER people. They’re all saints, everything they own is priceless, and everything they touch is gold.

    The reason why fatalities due to dog attacks are highest with pit bulls, dobermans, rottweilers, and German shepherds is because they are stronger, larger breeds. As another poster stated, they were around smaller breeds that were nasty, but people have a far easier time controlling them, thus less likelihood of a fatality.

    Every time I hear a pit bull supporter spew their nonsense, all I think about is the pit bull advocate who was mauled to death in her own bed by a pit bull she rescued. There’s a link to the story right under this article, above.

  • JohnnyReason

    Que Pit Bull fanatics talking about how kind Pit Bulls are and how Chihuahuas are more dangerous. 1..2..3…now.

  • sweekymom

    Thanks. She was a wonderful cat, a gift from God. I miss her every single day.

  • hicusdicus

    If my Rottweiler were mauling someone to death I would most likely help it with my assault weapon. Grandmothers are a dime a dozen, a good dog is worth its weight in gold.

  • hicusdicus

    Ban guns, ban cars, ban dogs and be sure an ban assault penises.

  • hicusdicus

    Are you saying you are a bitch and the cat knew it?

  • hicusdicus

    Parents kill more children than dogs do.

  • CT

    Are you saying I am a bitch? Have you been talking to my cat again?