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Authorities Euthanize Dog Involved in Fatal Attack

Kane County Animal Control put down a mastiff that attacked and killed a Bristol Kendall firefighter.

The dog that attacked and killed a member of the Bristol Kendall Fire Protection District was euthanized by Kane County authorities last week.

Lt. Pat Gengler of the Kane County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the mastiff Dawn Brown and her husband took in only a week before the incident was put down by Kane County Animal Control over Thanksgiving. Brown, a 44-year-old firefighter/ paramedic for Bristol Kendall and the Big Rock Fire Protection District, died earlier this month from injuries sustained in an attack by the dog.

Gengler said the six-year-old animal was put down at the request of Brown’s husband, not from a court order.

Two other dogs owned by the Browns, a boxer and a pit bull mixed breed, were returned to the care of Brown’s husband. Gengler said the other dogs were not involved in the attack.

“We held onto those dogs a little longer than normal, but that was primarily to give Mr. Brown some extra time to get himself ready to take them back in,” Gengler said.

Lt. David Denison of the Big Rock Fire Protection District told Patch the Brown’s took the mastiff in after the animal’s former owners had a baby and did not know how the dog would react to a newborn.

Brown, of Big Rock, died Nov. 12. She had been with Bristol Kendall since June of 2007.

Ellen Stephens-Kahl November 30, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Horribly sad situation. My heart goes out to her husband, family and friends. She, and they, have remained in my thoughts and prayers.
Eric Roberts November 30, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Terrible situation. I remember Dawn from a ambulance ride I had to a local ER during a severe allergy attack...she was a great paramedic, This is really sad. It's a double tragedy in my eyes. It's a tragedy that we lost a heroic member of our community and it is sad that yet another animal had to be put down because someone in this dog's past had mistreated him or trained him to be aggressive. The Browns lovingly brought this animal into their lives to give him a good home so that he may be loved and the bad deeds of the people that handled him before the Browns took him in took both of them away from us prematurely. My deepest condolences and thanks to the Brown family.
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