Family member found Tk'emlups woman after fatal dog attack: Coroner - InfoNews

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Family member found Tk'emlups woman after fatal dog attack: Coroner

May 01, 2017 - 8:00 PM

KAMLOOPS - A Tk'emlups woman who was mauled to death by a family dog more than one year ago was feeding the dog before it attacked her.

A report into her death by the B.C. Coroners Service also says the woman was found by a family member after the attack happened.

Kathleen Green was 78 years old when the attack happened on Jan. 30, 2016. Her immediate cause of death is listed as multiple traumatic injuries suffered during the dog attack.

The Coroners report says emergency crews responded to a residence on the Tk'emlups reserve shortly after 5 p.m. Jan. 30 where they found Green dead.

She lived on a house on the property with an abandoned mobile home in the back. Green was taking care of a family member's dog that was secured to the mobile home with about five metres of chain and a collar.

Another family member who lived with Green left the home around 11 a.m. that day and didn't return until 4 p.m.

When he returned to the property, the report says, he went out back to feed the chained dog and found a dead body. He was unable to approach the dog because it was behaving in a territorial manner.

When paramedics and firefighters arrived, they were unable to approach Green right away because of the aggressive dog. The family member tried to hold the dog back but he was bitten.

RCMP arrived and shot the dog so emergency responders could tend to Green, and they determined she was dead.

"(Green) had only been caring for the dog for a few months," the report says. "There were no previous attacks reported, however, the dog did have a history of exhibiting aggressive behaviour. It was known to snarl and growl at people and had attacked a horse on a previous occasion."

The report says Green appeared to have died while feeding the dog. Coroner Susan Barth classified Green's death as accidental and made no recommendations.

The Coroners Service identifies Green as Kathleen Thomas, but it’s the same person.

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