Woman Attacked And Killed By Akita While Volunteering With Dog Rescue Organization

An employee found the dog with blood dripping off of him.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

A woman who loved dogs was killed by one. According to the Miami Herald, 69-year-old Carol Harris of Phoenix was working with a dog kennel when she was mauled by one of the rescues, a male Akita.

Harris was a member of  “Akita Advocates,” a dog rescue group that has a mission to “end the euthanasia of manageable, treatable and healthy Akitas through education, solid placements, and careful screening of each prospective home."

On Wednesday, Harris was working with a 6-year-old male Akita by helping to socialize him at the Canine Country Club and Feline Inn. The Advoctes apparently leased space at the Inn. At around 2:45 PM, the male Akita was seen off his leash with blood dripping off of him. That's when employees found Harris injured. 

“The dog appeared to be covered in what appeared to be blood, [...] and (an employee at the Inn) then discovered the woman,” shared Jose Santiago of Maricopa County Animal Care and Control.

Employees subdued the dog while Harris was taken to a hospital. She later died there.

According to DogTime, the Akita is known for being affectionate, respectful and amusing. It can apparently be trained and socialized. However, the dog is also known as being both stubborn and willful. It can grunt, moan and mumble and doesn't back down from a challenge. Petwave adds that the breed has a strong will and a complex personality. This can make them difficult to train.

Family and friends took to Facebook to share condolences as well as Harris' love for animals.

"She was a beautiful, sweet woman to have donated so much of her time to help these animals. I am so sad to hear of the passing of this COMMUNITY HERO," commented one.

"You did so much and gave so much from your heart. Brett and I will miss you and send all the love to your family. You will not be forgotten by us or the fur babies you helped save," said one user.

Another said, "She made such a positive impact on so many lives-both four legged and two-legged," while someone else commented, "This is so sad, how can someone who loved this breed so much?"

According to the Miami Herald, an animal control spokesperson said the dog would be tested for rabies and euthanized.

[Photo: Facebook]

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