A woman from New York died last weekend after being found unconscious at her home with wounds that were “consistent with a dog attack,” police say.
Officers from the New York State Police and Pleasant Valley Fire Department arrived in a home in the town in Dutchess County at roughly 4:00 p.m. on September 7 after the lady was found on the living room floor of a Barkit Kennel Road residence by her husband.
The woman was positively recognized as Arlene Renna, 67. State police confirmed in a media release yesterday that she passed away at the scene after suffering life-threatening wounds. Without embellishing, prosecutors said “circumstances” indicated it was a dog attack due to which she had died.
Two coonhounds breed dogs were kept in the home as pets, police said, continuing that both dogs had been secured at an animal shed. No one was in the place at the time of the attack.
“The investigation conducted…did not expose any evidence of foul play,” said New York State Police Major Richard L. Mazzone. “The predestination of the animals will be determined by a court.” It remains unknown whether one or both of the animals are believed to be the reason behind her death.
A spokesperson for the state police confirmed to media that one of the dogs was a Redbone Coonhound and the other a Black and Tan Coonhound, both known for hunting abilities.
Online, the American Kennel Club explains the Redbone Coonhound as “even-tempered, friendly and kindly at home but a tiger on the trail.” The Black and Tan Coonhound is known as being “snoozy by the fireside but tenacious when on the trail of the wily raccoon.” It adds: “We can be trained them, but it’s best to expect acquiescence rather than blind submission.”
In a post on facebook yesterday, the victim’s ex-husband, John Taylor, wrote Renna had died on the same day as her daughter’s birthday.
“It is nothing short of a nightmare. Arlene was the kindest, most gentle, lovely and wonderful woman, and there was no better mother, no better grandmother like her.
“People like Arlene can never be replaced, they can only live in our hearts forever, and we should all learn by their example to be better people, to try to be more like them,” Taylor added alongside a single photo of the victim taken when they were a new couple. “RIP, beautiful, ever-so-kind woman. Everyone who knew you loved you more than you could ever imagine.”
According to Taylor, he was espoused to Renna for 21 years, and they had three children together before separating. “My heart and my family member’s hearts have shivered,” the ex-husband wrote.
According to the law enforcement media statement, the Dutchess County Medical Examiner and District Attorney’s Office also reacted to assist with the examination, which remains ongoing.