COLUMBIA, Md. – Police in Maryland said a 64-year-old woman was mauled to death by a pit bull she had rescued from out-of-state two weeks before her death.
Family of Robin Conway told WBAL-TV her deep passion for helping animals may have been what ultimately killed her.
"She would talk to the animals, she was wonderful," said Susan Eve LeClair, Conway's sister.
Conway was found mauled to death in her backyard Monday, Howard County Police said.
“My sister was an animal person. My sister was a caring person," LeClair told WBAL-TV. "When we went to make service arrangements, the person said, ‘Wow, she had hundreds, and hundreds, and hundreds of friends.' Robin gave her time and gave herself to the animals. She was wonderful.”
Family told WBAL-TV Conway's husband found her and that the dog was standing over her body. Police said he called 911 and tied the dog to a fence post until officers arrived.
"The dog, still attached to the post, was barking and lunging on the leash and had to be subdued by animal control officers and ultimately euthanized," Howard County Police said. "A necropsy will be performed to determine if the dog had rabies or any other medical issues."
LeClair said her sister saw the pit bull as "an animal she thought she could save." She said that while the dog that killed her sister was a pit bull, she harbors no resentment against the breed.
"I have friends who've been owners of pit bull mixes and they were great," LeClair told WBAL-TV. "There was something wrong with this particular dog. That is not to be taken as something to held against all pit bull, pit bull mixes, because there are some lovely ones out there."