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Both dogs behind fatal dog attack euthanized

Posted: 3:10 PM, Aug 30, 2016
Updated: 2016-08-31 05:11:48Z
Both dogs euthanized following fatal dog attack

CONIFER, Colo. -- A fatal dog attack in Jefferson County Monday led to the death of a mother and hospitalization of her son. Both pit bulls were put down Tuesday.

Police say first responders rushed to treat a woman who suffered severe injuries in an attack by two dogs, later identified as pit bulls. 

Medical professionals pronounced the mother, now identified as Susan Shawl, 60, dead, but rushed her son Richard Shawl, 36, to a local hospital. 

Police have still not said what led up to the attack but did say Richard had been cited with a warning notice after a neighbor reported his dogs as being loose and aggressive. 

Animal behaviorist Dr. Suzanne Hetts has testified as an expert witness in deadly cases like this.

"It's not something that the average well-socialized pet dog does," Hetts said. "I think there often are warning signs. Sometimes there's some sort of previous bite or the dogs have had a history of threatening [behavior]."

Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputies stated they feel for the family. Richard Shawl authorized animal control to euthanize both dogs on Tuesday. 

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