No injuries found on hunt dogs in manslaughter inquiry

Police want to trace the owner of another dog who was in the area at the time pregnant woman was bitten to death

22 November 2019
By Selma Daddi

No injuries were found on hunt dogs examined following the death of a pregnant woman from dog bites, it has been revealed.

Investigators have examined 67 dogs, including five dogs that the 29-year-old victim owned – although only one of her dogs was with her on the walk - and hunt dogs belonging to the Le Rallye de la Passion association which was hunting in the wood on the afternoon she died.

Detectives at the Section de Recherches d'Amiens are investigating whether the victim, Elisa Pilarski, could have been bitten by the 21 Poitevin dogs taking part in the hunt. These dogs are trained to hunt, but hunters claim that they would not attack a human and that the hunt had not started when the she died. No injuries have been found on the dogs, but the line of inquiry remains active.

The partner of the victim said that she had an argument with a dog owner whose Malinois dog, a variety of German shepherd, was running around with no lead. Officers are keen to trace the dog and its owner.

Another possibility is that she was attacked by one or several stray dogs but no such animals have been found.

The unit has ruled out the possibility that her own dog - an American Staffordshire Terrier - was not involved in the fatal attack. When it was found, it was suffering from bites from other animals.

As reported, Ms Pilarski called her partner several times to tell him that there were “many threatening dogs” near where she was walking in the forest of Retz, near the town of Villers-Cotterets. Her partner was working in Roissy, 70km away from the forest. Worried, he left work and found her body in a ravine. She died of bleedings following several dog bites to her upper and lower limbs and head.

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