Dutch Kills woman fatally mauled by her dog

By Bill Parry

A 75-year-old Dutch Kills woman was mauled to death by her own dog early Monday morning that was adopted from Animal Care Centers. Police from the 114th Precinct, responding to a 911 call around 1 a.m., discovered Louise Hermida unconscious and unresponsive in her 27th Street home with trauma to her upper torso, according to the NYPD.

EMS transported the woman to Weill Cornell Medical Center,where she was pronounced dead, police said.

Published reports indicate the woman was attacked by her pet dog, a mastiff adopted from the ASPCA, but ASPCA spokeswoman Rebecca Goldrick denied that. The dog was taken to Animal Care Centers of New York City, where it was originally adopted from.

“We can confirm that the dog was adopted from ACC almost 6 years ago and was about 1 years old at the time,” ACC spokeswoman Katy Hansen said. “He is currently at our Manhattan Care Center. We cannot comment further because of the legal nature of this case.”

Hermida’s 39-year-old son was also injured in the attack with trauma to his lower left leg, according to police, who did not identify him. He was taken to Weill Cornell Medical Center in stable condition.

The city medical examiner will determine the cause of death and the investigation was ongoing, according to the NYPD.

(dog was adopted from Animal Care Centers six years ago)

Reach reporter Bill Parry by e-mail at bparry@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4538.

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