Kristin Potter, 38, went to a neighbor’s house in Centre Township in Perry County. The mother-of-two had an agreement to feed the neighbor’s dogs – three Great Danes and a French bulldog. The woman had reportedly fed the dogs previously and brought her young son along with her.
While attempting to feed the dogs, two of the Great Danes attacked Potter and mauled her to death. Her young son watched as his mother was attacked before running to get help.
Coroner Robert Ressler said, “He was present at the scene, but I don’t think he was there for much of it. As soon as he saw the dogs starting to attack his mother, he ran across the road to have his brother call 911.”
The third Great Dane and French bulldog did not attack Potter.
Emergency responders and police officers arrived at the home, but were unable to save Potter from the deadly dog attack. The police were not able to get to Potter until animal control reached the home and tranquilized the assaulting dogs.
The two Great Danes that mauled Potter to death were euthanized by a veterinarian.
State police are investigating the dog attack death. State trooper Kelly Abati said there was not yet a decision if the dogs’ owner would face criminal charges.
The dogs’ owner said she was “heartbroken.”
Wendy Sabathne said, “I’m in shock. I’m in disbelief and I just want to die. I can’t believe this happened.”
Potter’s younger sister Jennifer Keefer told WGAL, “Kristin just had a very beautiful personality. When you’re around her, you just feel better. When you talk to her, you just feel better.”
“With all the tragedy that has happened in her life, she still had a high belief in God,” Keefer explained. “She was just like that. She felt like there is a reason for everything.”
“You can talk to her about anything. She never judged you. She never judged anyone based on anything,” Keefer said. “She gave everyone the benefit of the doubt. She always wanted to make up with people. Even people that did her wrong.”
“She was just loveable to be around,” Keefer added. “Everyone loved her. She was my best friend.”
The American Kennel Club noted that Great Danes are “easygoing,” but grow to an “imposing” height of 32 inches tall.
“Despite their sweet nature, Danes are alert home guardians,” AKC said.
Between 1979 and 1998, there were only seven fatal dog attacks by Great Danes.
Last month, an 81-year-old Texas man was killed by a dog in San Antonio.