Decatur, GA – Rebecca Carey rescued dogs since she was a teenager but was killed by the abandoned dogs she loved and fostered. Carey was killed by the rescued dogs sometime during the past weekend; her body was found after coworkers from Alpharetta’s Loving Hands Animal Clinic grew concerned when she did not show up for her shift.
The Georgia college student was currently caring for five rescued dogs including a pit bull which came to live with her six years ago. Rebecca Carey also owned and was babysitting a friend’s Pressa — a large breed dog of Spanish origins — and several other mixed breed dogs.
All the rescue dogs in Carey’s home were euthanized after her dead body was discovered, Fox News reports. Decatur Police Sgt. Kim Medlin notes Rebecca Carey’s death is the first known fatal dog attack in DeKalb County.
The official cause of Carey’s death was listed as upper torso and neck injuries consistent with a dog bite. According to statements from neighbors, the dogs had never shown any signs of aggression.
“I don’t know these dogs, but I know what they did. And that’s how we made our judgment,” Sgt. Medlin stated during an interview with local Fox News 5.
Rebecca Carey’s supervisor at Alpharetta’s Loving Hands Animal Clinic stated the fatal dog attack victim had a “remarkable gift” for working with rescue dogs, even the violent ones, according to Fox News Atlanta. Carey’s boss is afraid the fatal dog attack will put rescue dogs in a “bad light,” something that clinic staffers believe the young woman would not have wanted. Investigators in the fatal dog attack case are not sure if Rebecca Carey was attacked by one or more of the rescue dogs.