Dog mauls woman to death one week after she adopted it

Dawn Brown 
By: Hydar Tomar 

A woman was mauled to death by a dog that she adopted just a week prior.

Bob and his wife Dawn Brown, who are both firefighters, adopted the dog just a week before the incident.

Bob found his wife’s body with bites on her neck in their home in Big Rock, Illinois, at 4:15 p.m., according to Kane County Sheriff’s police Lt. Pat Gengler. The fatal wounds had been inflicted by the dog.

Brown and her husband were both volunteer firefighters with the Big Rock Fire Protection District. When he found his wife’s body he attempted to resuscitate her. Then he called 911 and their colleagues from the Big Rock fire department responded to the call.

The Brown family’s home was an animal friendly place. The couple who had no children, had three dogs in total, a boxer, a pit bull mix and their new addition, the mastiff. Dawn, 44, and her husband Bob had taken in the mastiff from a family member who did not want it anymore.

The dog is a muscular-looking dog with a large head. He looks big and strong. Police are investigating as to what prompted the attack and whether the animal had previously shown any violent behavior.

The family claimed that the previous owners did not give the dog away because it had been aggressive, but rather because they could not look after it anymore.

All three of Brown’s dogs are in the custody of Kane County animal control. So far, no decision had been made about whether or not to euthanize the dog. The decision will likely be left to the victim's husband as the couple regarded the dogs as their children.

Her friends and colleagues shared their sorrow on Facebook. “She was just a very kind and very caring person. She mothered everybody, and tried to take care of everybody,” one friend said.

“A great, proud, smart, cheerful, fun, spirited, lover of life and a friend lost her life in a tragic incident today,” David Denison said.

“The Big Rock Fire Department will always remember you Dawn, RIP! Bob, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Anything you need please ask, we are ready and waiting to help in any way we can,” another wrote.