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  • A String of dog attacks, Lead to a Fatal Dog Attack of a Woman

    On May 9th, in the Antelope Valley town of Littlerock, Pamela Devitt was killed in a fatal dog attack. She was 63 years young.

    Here is part of the original fatal dog attack news report:

    Numerous strays also roam the desert. Residents say Littlerock has become a dumping ground for unwanted dogs.

    "A car will come down the street at 40 mph, slow down and a door will open," said longtime resident David Cleveland. "A dog will be pushed out. It will tumble once or twice and let out a yelp, and then the car will take off."

    The dogs then head for the desert, where they meet other strays, Cleveland said. "And when you have five to seven of them in a group — that is a very dangerous situation."

    For years, residents in Littlerock and other towns in the High Desert have complained about stray and vicious dogs. Then a woman was fatally mauled by a pack of pit bulls May 9, resulting in murder charges against the dogs' owner this week. Now, both residents and Los Angeles County officials are vowing to finally do something about the problem.

    Neighbors say they carry sticks, rocks and even guns to shoo away the animals.

    "You just have to do whatever you can to get them away," Carolyn Eslick said. -- Read More about Fatal Dog Attack

    I must finish this blog by saying, I am very much a dog lover and I have owned a Pit Bull in the past. He was a great dog and never once was aggressive to me, my children nor anyone else.

    That being said, I have always been a responsible dog owner no matter what breed was part of our family. It is the owners or former owners of these dogs whom I blame in vicious and unnecessary fatal dog attack.

    Tragedies like this fatal dog attack are a failure in personal security, I am in no way implying that the victim has any fault in this situation, only that we should learn from it and if one person is saved from a similar fate, maybe this fatal dog attack is not in vain.

    TKW Self Defense Personal Security strives to help prevent this type of tragedy, through awareness, knowledge and personal security training.

    I am very sad for the family of this woman and hope this tragedy can somehow prompt others to increase their awareness of the types of personal security that will increase survivability in such a situation.

    Carrying some dog pepper spray or a dog chaser with you may be just the personal security tool needed..

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