2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Melissa Astacio

December 2019, Bristol County, MA
Melissa Astacio, 44
Fatal Pit Bull Attack
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Somerset, MA – A 44-year old woman died after being mauled by a family pit bull. Melissa Astacio suffered a seizure Friday evening in her Somerset home. Her daughter called 911 and said that her mother was having a seizure when the dog started to attack her, according to a press release from the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office. – DogsBite.org

Officers were forced to Tase the dog before helping Astacio. She was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital, where she died from her injuries. Her daughter, Heaven, does not blame the dog for killing her mother. “I don’t think he was trying to attack her. I think the dog was just trying to help my mom, but he’s just a dog and he didn’t know any better,” Heaven said. – WJAR

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