As reported here, a British woman reportedly living in the Bulgarian village of Nedyalsko reportedly died as a result of being attacked by dogs. I feel badly that the woman died. This is a real tragedy.
How did it happen?
Unless trained to do so, dogs rarely attack and kill humans. Even stray dogs, like the kind you see in Eastern Europe, rarely attack anyone. Let’s see what the media says about the story and maybe we can piece together what happened.
According to one news source, an autopsy of the remains of Ann Gordon
confirmed the cause of death were the multiple wounds caused by the dogs, Iliya Donev, head of forensic medicine at the hospital in Yambol announced… The autopsy could not give a conclusive answer to the question how long the struggle with the dogs had lasted, but her death had happened relatively quickly, Donev said.
From this source, other details come to light:
Ann Gordon went out to walk her german shepherd, when she was attacked in the surroundings of the village she was attacked by, what most likely were, stray dogs. Children who were nearby had tried to help her, but ran away when the dogs attacked them. A short while later, a shepherd managed to chase the dogs away, but the woman had already died.
It was that that the victim was attacked by up to eight dogs and that her own pet, believed to be a German shepherd, ran away. Todor Zeliazov, the mayor of Nedyalsko, said that the woman had lived in the village with her husband for the past two years. He said her husband, who is also thought to be British, was disabled, the Times reported.
According to the Press Association,
“People living close by heard her shouts and screams and came to help.” It was reported Mrs. Gordon may have been an asthmatic.
I don’t know what her being an asthmatic has to do with anything.
A SCOTTISH woman was torn apart by wild street dogs in Bulgaria as she went for a stroll with her own pet alsatians. Eight dogs circled then lunged at Margaret Ann Gordon, 51, who is understood to be from Dumfries and Galloway…
Strangely, Mrs. Gordon may not have died by the time the “shephard” managed to chase the dogs away:
Last night her husband, Jim, told how she bled to death in his arms.
In fact, the husband speaks:
“Some children knocked and said Margaret was badly hurt after being bitten by some strays. I ran out of the house and saw a crowd of people around her. It was terrible, she had just lost so much blood. I called the ambulance but there was nothing that could be done. She died there and then.”
More details about where the “stray” dogs came from and who saw it:
Stray dogs are a common problem in Bulgaria and many locals routinely carry a stick to chase away those that come too close. Most are placid creatures on the lookout for food or comfort. But last night there was speculation that the dogs had escaped from a local factory, where they were kept as watchdogs and fed on raw meat to make them more aggressive.
Malik Markovy, a local pensioner who witnessed the attack, said: “It was the most terrible thing I have ever seen. She was walking along one minute and the next these big, slavering dogs were upon her. She went down with a scream and then they were on her. I use a walking frame and was only able to hobble slowly across to her. I threw a stone but it did no good. I saw the dogs eating bits of her. The poor woman was unrecognisable.”
From the Chronicle Live, a picture of the woman and her alsatian.
Rocked by the news, her only daughter, Teri Watson, 37, who grew up in Wallsend but who now lives near Portsmouth, said: “I am just so shocked. I don’t know what to do. She was always an animal lover and she had dogs for as long as I could remember – before I was born. When I talked to her she had never mentioned anything about wild dogs or that they were a problem. I can’t believe it. We were saving up to go and see her as a family. I’m devastated.”
The husband’s disability is reportedly Alzheimer’s disease:
… Jim, 59, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease…
Mrs. Gordon was an animal lover, exactly the kind of person who would know how to handle dogs:
Ann’s sister Kath Hastings, who lives in Cumbria, only found out about the tragedy from a friend. “I’ve seen it on the news since then, but I just can’t believe it. I’m still in shock about it, I think. I don’t understand about the wild dogs. There haven’t been any wild dogs there in the time Ann has been there. Ann loved animals. She had a little menagerie when they lived over here and she had one in Bulgaria too. She would take in any kind of animal you could imagine and she absolutely adored her German shepherd, Gypsy. They loved it out there – they could walk around on their own late at night if they wanted and nothing would happen to them – it was that kind of place.”
According to Former neighbour and friend Joan Knowles, 66:
“She always had a dog and Alsatians were her favourites. I can imagine if she has been out walking her dog and they have been surrounded by these wild dogs, she would have had no fear. She was probably trying to protect her own dog.”
Mrs. Gordon had run-ins with dogs before:
Neighbours said Ann had been bitten by strays at least three times before. Neighbour Maria Roleva added: “It is hard to believe such a thing can happen now. It is like something from a medieval horror story.