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Pit bull mix found wandering on streets before fatal shelter attack: Police

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Humane Society volunteer found dead after dog bite at shelter in Fort Pierce. (WPEC)

A new report from Fort Pierce Police shows the pit bull mix that attacked and killed a volunteer worker at a shelter in Fort Pierce had been found wandering on the streets a month earlier and reportedly showed no signs of aggression.

Police concluded its investigation Tuesday into the attack which left beloved volunteer Christine Liquori dead.

The attack happened on May 9 at the Humane Society of St. Lucie County's Second Chance Shelter in Fort Pierce.

According to the report, a shelter volunteer, on his regular rounds at 2 p.m. to feed the dogs, noticed one dog, Amos, missing from its kennel. As the volunteer went to look for Amos, he told police he opened the play area of the shelter and found Liquori face down, covered in blood. She had extensive trauma to her face, head and a bite mark on her arm. The volunteer said he saw Amos near a fence. He said he cautiously put a leash around Amos and took the dog back to its kennel. The worker said he rushed back outside to the play area to check for a pulse on Liquori while yelling for someone to call 911.

The volunteer told police Amos had never given anyone a hard time or shown aggression. He even called Amos a loving dog that he walked regularly, according to the report.

A clerk who worked the front desk at the shelter told police she last saw Liquori between 11:45 a.m. and 12:20 p.m. Another witness told police she last saw Liquori at around 12 p.m. on that day looking for a dog to walk.

The Executive Director of the shelter told investigators an unknown person dropped Amos off at the shelter in mid-April. The person found Amos wandering in the streets without a tag. The Executive Director said Amos received all of his vaccinations and had never given anyone any problems before.

The medical examiner said Liquori bled to death due to the injuries to her scalp, face, and neck.

Amos has been euthanized.

Friends remembered Liquori, who has a daughter, as being very passionate about her volunteer work.

“This was a terrible tragedy for the victim, the family, and our community,” said Chief Diane Hobley-Burney. “We have worked closely with Ms. Liquori’s family during this extremely difficult time to ensure they receive needed services.”

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