Autopsy: Wounds on body of woman found dead with aggressive dog consistent with mauling

(FILE PHOTO) Jane Egle's residence in Asheville, where she was found dead at home with an aggressive dog. Photo: WLOS staff

**WARNING: This story contains information that some readers may find disturbing.**

The results of the autopsy of a 59-year-old Asheville woman who was found dead in her home with an aggressive dog have been released.

The report shows that Jane Egle's cause of death was multiple penetrating and blunt force injuries of the head and neck, consistent with dog bites from a mauling.

The body of Jane Egle, who died in May 2017, was also found to have puncture wounds on her head, neck, back, and right upper arm, as well as lacerations of the right jugular vein, lacerations of her trachea, and fractured vertebrae, among other wounds.

Deputies who discovered Egle's body killed the aggressive dog found with her. Investigators said Egle's body had deep cuts—lacerations—consistent with an animal attack.

After responding to a call for assistance, Animal Services officers tried several times to subdue the dog and get inside. The EMS responders were also unable to enter and provide Egle with medical help.

After multiple attempts, the dog was finally subdued and deputies were able to remove it from the residence. Authorities say the dog was killed at the scene after being taken out of the home.

Deputies checked Egle's pulse, found that she had none, and advised EMS that Egle had died.

A relative at the scene told deputies the dog had a history of aggressive behavior.

Angie Wilt, director of operations at the Humane Society, said Jane Egle's family signed over ownership of eight of Egle's dogs.

The Asheville Humane Society told News 13 back in May that six adult dogs were euthanized, a Great Pyrenees was evaluated and put up for adoption, and a puppy would be put into breed-specific placement.

Only one dog was aggressive with deputies, but the behavior consultants still declared six of them too dangerous to be in the community.

Kim Brophey, a certified dog behavior consultant, evaluated the dogs removed from Jane Egle's home. News 13 spoke with her in May 2017.

"I was terrified, and I've done this a long time. It was a difficult thing to do. Both myself and the other evaluator were appropriately cautious given the expressed threatening behavior of the dogs, it was warranted," Brophey said of the decision to euthanize the dogs.

"We had a job to do, and we did it. The decision was made by the organization in light of our findings," Brophey said.

She said seven of Egle's dogs were Boerboels, also known as South African Mastiffs. According to Brophey, the dogs were were highly aggressive.

"Had these dogs not been so under-socialized they might not have behaved as aggressively as they did upon evaluation. Given their propensity to harm others, it would have been negligent to do anything other than what was done," Brophey said of the choice to euthanize them.

"If we have no tolerance for the specific behaviors that dogs were bred for, maybe we shouldn't be breeding them." Each dog was evaluated based on its specific behaviors, she said.

"The dogs displayed highly aggressive territorial behavior upon evaluation of each of them. The crime of the one did not dictate what happened to the others. It's important that people know that," Brophey said. "The dogs were judged for the behavior that they demonstrated during evaluation."

News 13 requested Egle's autopsy results in May, and received a copy of the results from the NC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Monday, April 16, 2018.

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