64-year-old woman mauled to death by dog in Howard County

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HOWARD COUNTY, MD - Howard County Police say they are investigating after a woman was reportedly mauled to death by a pit bull she adopted two weeks ago.

Police say on Monday, a family member reported finding Robin Conway, 64, injured in her yard around 7:20 p.m., with the dog standing over her.

The witness called 9-1-1 and tied the dog to a fence post until assistance could arrive.

Police say they responded to the family's home on Tamar Drive and found Conway deceased with significant injuries.

Conway's sister, Susan Eve LeClair, says Conway's husband discovered her in the backyard.

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, according to police.

A necropsy will be performed to determine if the dog had rabies or any other medical issues.

LeClair says Conway brought the pit bull home from a rescue, where he would have been euthanized, for foster care, but she fully expected her to adopt the dog.

"Robin was a caring person who cared not only about animals, but about people. She was really kind of determined to help everybody no matter what she did," says LeClair. "She was a wonderful, wonderful person who meant a lot to everybody and she was the best sister anybody could ever have."

The cause of Conway’s death will be determined in an autopsy by the state medical examiner.

There were no previous calls to animal control related to this address prior to this incident, according to police.

They do not have information about the dog’s adoption, except that it came from out-of-state.

LeClair says she does not want her sister's death to result in a blanket blame across the pit bull breed.

"Robin has had other pit bull mixes, I’ve had a number of friends who have had pit bull mixes, they were lovely," she says. "Obviously, there was something wrong here."

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