Dog Mauling

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The attorney for a woman whose pit bulls killed a woman last weekend says they're not the same dogs that attacked another woman.

Forty-year-old Jennifer Brooke died Sunday when three pit bulls mauled her inside her horse barn.

Attorney Michael Andre tells Denver's KCNC TV it's a mystery why the household pets turned into killers.

He says the animals that killed Brooke hadn't been violent before, and were not involved in a previous attack as widely reported.

Andre says two of Jacqueline McCuen's dogs did attack a woman last April, but that those animals died over the summer.

Andre insists the animals were not trained as pit bull fighters, and were not mistreated, malnourished or allowed to roam.

A memorial for Brooke is scheduled for Saturday. Extended Web Coverage

Dog Attack Statistics

  • 4.7 million dog bites are reported in the U.S. annually

  • 800,000 dog bites require medical attention each year

  • Reported dog bites have increased 37 percent since 1990

  • For every dog bite fatality, there are 670 hospitalizations

  • Children are the most frequent victims

  • Children are most frequently bitten in the face and neck area

  • Boys ages five to nine are bitten most frequently

  • 334,000 dog bites require emergency room visits

  • Dog attacks cost society about $1 billion each year

  • Insurance companies pay about $250 million each year in dog bite case claims

  • State Farm Insurance alone processes more than 14,000 dog bite claims each year

  • More than 7,000 U.S. Postal carriers report being bit by a dog each year

Sources: contributed to this report