Sunday, January 15, 2017

Florida: Home, where Sondra Tyson was mauled to death by her own pet pit bull, is torn down

FLORIDA -- Less than a year after a pit bull mix mauled a woman to death at a Leesburg home, the structure has been torn down.

Owners of the pale green wooden home at 1215 South Street had it demolished in October along with a garage apartment on the same property months ago after structural issues were found in both, according to a Leesburg code enforcement official.

“We wanted them to fix it. They didn’t want to salvage it,” said Riley Snavely, code enforcement officer.

Sondra Tyson, 66, was living in her son’s home in March when she was attacked by her 68-pound pit bull.

According to Leesburg police, a relative came to the South Street home on March 31 and found her in a pool of blood. Police said they had to shoot the blood-covered dog on the rear porch to allow paramedics to get to the body.


Tyson was pronounced dead at the scene.

Nothing could be found in a subsequent necropsy report to indicate why the dog attacked the woman, an animal she had raised since it was a puppy.

Snavely said code enforcement officers later determined the home and the garage were structurally unsound. The stairwell of the garage had collapsed and residents were using a ladder to access the top floor.

The owner eventually elected to tear down both buildings.

(Daily Commercial - Dec 26, 2016)


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