Dawn Brown, a 44 year old Firefigther of Big Rock, Illinois was found dead on Monday by her husband. The cause of death, a Mastiff she had adopted from a relative just a week earlier. Her husband tried first aid when he found her but it was apparent that she was already dead. Hit the jump for more.
Brown and her husband, Bob, had two other dogs: a pit bull mix and a boxer. The couple took in the mastiff just last week after a relative didn’t want the dog around her small kids, according to reports. The Browns have no children.
“It’s just heartbreaking,” neighbor Mark Hake told NBC 5 Chicago. “We would see them walking their dogs through town, very nice people.”
Brown was a firefighter and paramedic with the Bristol-Kendall Fire Protection District and also worked part-time as a paramedic in Big Rock.
Her co-workers at the Big Rock Fire Department said she had taken the dog to work last week to socialize it. She didn’t seem to have problems controlling the animal.
But authorities say the marks on her body were consistent with a mastiff attack. The dog was described as approximately 130-140 pounds, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Gengler said the dog was “all muscle, very intimidating,” but hadn’t had a history of harming anyone.
Kane County Animal Control took all three of the couple’s dogs. It wasn’t immediately clear what would happen to them.