Hearing underway to determine if dogs that killed woman will be euthanized

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    A trial to appeal that order began Monday afternoon at the Travis County courthouse.

    Process server Erin McCleskey attempted to serve a citation to a homeowner in Northeast Travis County in June of 2016, but, before she left the property, she was mauled to death by a group of dogs on the property…

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    As part of a trial regarding the mauling death of Erin McCleskey, a jury decided that all the dogs participated in the killing…. Read the rest here:

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    Dog behavior expert explains aggression….

    … She says you need to be aware when encountering a dog you don’t know.

    “Don’t assume that every dog out there is trained; don’t assume that every dog out there wants to meet you. If you’re worried about a dog: don’t make eye contact, don’t reach for them, don’t say anything,” says Shari Elkins, director of training, The Canine Center for Training & Behavior.

    Many questions about dog aggression have come into play following the death of Erin McCleskey in 2016, the process server who was attempting to serve legal papers to a homeowner in Manor when she was attacked. Six dogs were on the property that day.

    On Tuesday jurors agreed the dogs, as a pack, caused McCleskey’s death by attacking, mauling or biting her. On Wednesday we learned an attack by four dogs left one woman dead and another seriously injured in Alabama.

    We asked Elkins about pack mentality which she refers to as mimicry. “If one dog is prone to chase down a person, then all the other dogs around him are prone to do that as well. It doesn’t guarantee they will but it certainly makes it more likely to happen,” says Elkins.

    Elkins says fear and frustration are two causes for aggression. She says its important to address the fear not just correct the behavior. For frustration, we should teach dogs how to get what they want. It’s also about socialization. …

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