Conifer woman killed by family-owned pit bulls, coroner finds

Editor’s note: The details of this story are disturbing

The Conifer woman killed by two pit bulls in August died from their bites, the Jefferson County Coroner ruled.

Susan Shawl, 60, was mauled to death. An autopsy report rules it as an accident, according to the autopsy report obtained by 9Wants To Know.

The coroner said Shawl sustained multiple injuries to her neck, arms and legs. The dogs also severed her carotid artery.

Shawl was fond unresponsive by her son at around 7 p.m. on Aug. 29.

Jefferson County investigators said her son was injured when he tried to step in. He was treated and released from the hospital.

Shawl was pronounced dead at the scene.

The two dogs that attacked Shawl were euthanized.


The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said Shawl’s son was warned in 2008 the dogs were being “loose and aggressive” after a complaint from a neighbor.

“We do not know what led to the dogs’ behavior that day,” said Mark Techmeyer, spokesperson for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. 

Techmeyer told 9NEWS the dogs lived on the property since they were puppies, so the woman was around them since that time.

One of them was the property of the victim’s husband, who passed away. The other belonged to the son, who took care of both dogs after the victim’s husband passed.

“There were more family dogs than anything else,” Techmeyer said.

The son will not be charged in this incident. 

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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