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Who’s to blame? Bessie Flowers, 86 mauled to death by daughter’s two pit bulls

Bessie Flowers
Bessie Flowers
Pictured the two pit bulls that mauled Bessie Flowers to death.

Bessie Flowers mauled to death: Is one woman complicit in the death of her mother at the hands of her pet dog pit bull terriers?

Bessie Flowers an 86 year old North Carolina woman has been mauled to death at the hand of her daughter’s two American pit bull terriers after tripping over the dogs and inciting them.

At the time of the incident, Bessie from Charlotte, was visiting her daughter at home on the city’s south side on Monday afternoon when the attack happened, police said.

Making her way inside from a back deck area, Bessie Flowers tripped and fell on to a dog bed which attracted the attention of her daughter’s pets.

A report via WBTV told that the animals initially began playing with Flowers but their playfulness quickly turned to aggression and then violence.

Before the pensioner’s daughter could pull back the attacking dogs, Becky Flowers had been bitten in the head and neck.

After noting her mother bleeding heavily from a neck wound, the daughter called for help, but by the time police arrived Becky was already dead.

In the 911 call, released Tuesday, the daughter can be heard saying, ‘This is an emergency. My dogs attacked and really hurt her. Please come!’

Bessie Flowers
One of the pit bulls that mauled Bessie Flowers.

 Bessie Flowers

Told Captain Todd Lontz: ‘After [officers] arrived on scene, they located a female deceased – possibly resulting from the dog bites.

‘The female is not a stranger or third party just walking down the street. This actually occurred at a family home. The dogs that are involved in this are actually family dogs.’

Police said that while the dogs were fully licensed and vaccinated, they have been seized for a mandatory 10-day period following the attack.

Law enforcement sources  told that the owner refused signing he dogs away, mandating police having to seize them.

Officers have not said whether the owners will be charged in connection with the attack.

| WBTV Charlotte

Of note, a report via WCCB told of neighbors telling that the animals had shown aggressive behavior in the past and had warned authorities about them.

One male neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said: ‘There have been two incidents with those dogs. They attacked other dogs here. No one has done anything about it. I constantly told people that they are going to kill someone.’

Police records show that officers were called to the home once before in 2013 to reports of two aggressive animals, but the reports were not substantiated. 

What do you think? Is Bessie Flowers’s daughter complicit in her own mother’s death?

 Bessie Flowers
Police were called to the home to the south of Charlotte (pictured) where they found Flowers dead with a large wound on her neck, having apparently bled to death
 Bessie Flowers
This neighbor, who did not want to be named, told local reporters that he warned authorities about the dogs, saying they were dangerous and ‘are going to kill someone’

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  • Terry Holt

    the thing is what you call pit bulls actually refers to over thirty breeds so is it any wonder those breeds combined have killed more then any other? NO there’s 30 breeds annexed under the term “pit bulls” but I bet you can’t prove even one attack involving a legitimate papered Apbt? answer = no you can’t can you? pmsl at your so called stats? Am I not allowed to reply to peoples comments like everyone else?

  • suzanne Taylor

    Wow terri,you are a riot.You answered every comment with a special cup of crap.I’m honored.I’m against ANY dog killing ANY human.I assumed that’s obvious,silly me.I’m also against any dog killing MY dogs, and pits are #1 by a mile on that stat.

  • Terry Holt

    so you can obviously produce the paperwork confirming any of these attacks involved legitimate papered Apbt’s? oh that’s right I forgot who I was talking too Dennis is a pit bull hating troll he cares more for killing pit bulls then actually helping victims or preventing the loss of innocent lives?

  • Terry Holt

    more Merrit propaganda and fear mongering courtesy of your local pit bull hating troll?

  • Terry Holt

    explain your theories to the 118 victims of non banned breeds in one decade I’m sure they may disagree for obvious reasons ie your full of sh*t!

  • Terry Holt

    so you’ve seen the paperwork confirming the animals involved were pit bulls then? oh that’s right you don’t need actual proof or evidence to start flapping your gums do you?

  • Terry Holt

    all attacks are triggered by something otherwise they wouldn’t happen it’s not rocket science and considering there’s been 118 victims of non banned breeds in one decade pit bulls aren’t the only dogs which can be “triggered” to attack?

  • Terry Holt

    so it’s ok for your dog to kill someone as long as it’s not a pit bull Booby I mean Lori?

  • Terry Holt

    yeah well explain that to the 118 victims of non banned breeds over a recent decade I’m sure they’ll be responsive to your lies and Bs?

  • Terry Holt

    can you please stipulate what charges you feel should be laid? the daughters a victim too so technically you’re victim bashing?

  • Terry Holt

    just more of the same propaganda form a notorious pit bull hating troll too gutless to even use it’s real name? you’re a joke and not a very funny one either?

  • Terry Holt

    only an idiot would listen to any of the crap you constantly spew onto articles and stories alleged to have involved pit bulls , so judging by your comments you can prove these dogs were actual “Apbt’s” Dennis? oh that’s right I forgot who I was talking too? proof and evidence are alien concepts to you aren’t they Dennis?

  • Terry Holt

    if it’s a gene thing how do you explain the 118 deaths involving non banned breeds over one decade answer = no you can’t because your whole genes argument is plain old crap and disinformation

  • Terry Holt

    can you actually prove that any of the dogs involved in the attacks you posted were actually legitimate papered Apbt Dennis answer = no you can’t can you? very sad little man Dennis

  • Terry Holt

    can you even prove one legitimate papered Apbt has been involved in an attack, answer = no you can’t you’re full of propaganda and disinformation?

  • Terry Holt

    the thing is there’s no proof the dogs were actually American Pit Bull Terriers, the fact is there’s no proof that even one legitimate papered pit has attacked anyone or anything?

  • Mary

    Pam, you are so right. There have been conflicting accounts of her death which is common in pit bull maulings,

    Version one said the daughter woke up and found her mother dead with the dogs mauling her.

    Version two said the mother tripped and fell into the empty dog bed and the pit bulls became territorial and killed her for falling on their bed. This version doesn’t explain how the sleeping daughter knew all this.

    Version three said the pit bulls were gleefully playing with this frail 86 year old senior and became excited while playing with this octogenarian and decided to kill her as part of the playing. Again, how did the sleeping daughter determine this?

    This conflicting yarns and bull shite accompanies every pit bull attack. Pit apologists try every excuse they can make up to make the pit bull the victim of the pit bull attack that they killed someone in.

    Enough. Pit bulls are never pets. Nobody wants pit bulls in their community. Pit bull owners are low life, self entitled, narcissistic sociopathic wastes of breath or they would be working diligently to stop these daily attacks. They would be sharing the super secret, encoded, encrypted training methods that make their super special, annointed pit bulls impervious to the genetic impulse to kill a person or animal.

    Look at every person who has a pit type dog in a public place or a neighborhood and ask them what methods they use to prevent attack, how will they stop an attack, do they know how to save a victim, how much insurance do they have on their pit bull, where is their muzzle, why do they have a retractable leash.

    Then look at pit bull owners and ask if they have had psychcological counseling for their apparent personality disorder that is apparent since they have the deadliest dog type on earth with zero plan to deal with it.

  • People who choose to own bred-to-kill canines should be held 100% responsible when their pit bulls act on their genetic instincts and attack. This poor woman would still be alive if her daughter owned normal dogs.

  • suzanne Taylor

    Yes,her daughter was complicit in Mom’s death.But I also blame the pit pushers who argue that every dog can bite.yes,my spaniel could nip if she wanted BUT she would not gouge a hole in my mothers neck.I don’t understand why human lives are less important than these dogs lives seem to be.When did we stop caring about each other?

  • Pam

    I don’t know if Bessie Flowers had other children but, if the dog’s owner was my demic sister, I know who I’d be holding responsible. Screw the ‘tragic accident’ excuse. Somebody would have to be living in an isolation tank to not know about the dangers, particularly for vulnerable people, presented by pit bulls and their ilk.

  • Chris Balduc

    Breeders who created a type of dog that fights to the death and inherently shows no warning sign before attacking are to blame. Owners who buy into the toxic myth that all dogs “are the same” can be conditioned to ignore their genetic instincts with love and training are to blame. Pit advocacy groups like Charlotte Bully Rescue, who insist their dogs just get a bad rap (despite killing one person every nine days) and fret because now people won’t adopt their frankenmaulers are just pathetic fools, also to blame.

  • Pam

    Alright. The old lady was called Bessie Flowers, not Becky. You got her name right for the first few sentences – including this one, “Bessie Flowers an 86 year old North Carolina woman has been mauled to death at the hand of her daughter’s two American pit bull terriers after tripping over the dogs and inciting them.” However, most of the sources I have read make no claim about her tripping over the dogs and ‘inciting’ them. That’s an appalling thing to say.

    As far as I can glean, she tripped and fell onto the empty dog bed. The dogs were in another part of the room and saw this. They went over, started ‘play attacking’ her, then quickly changed tack and went for the kill. Are you really calling that ‘incitement’? Who’s to blame? It seems like you’re desperately trying to make it look like the elderly victim is.

  • Dennis Baker

    Pit Bull Advocates like to talk about their dogs as though they are the only ones that know anything since they own one, however the truth is death surrounds these people. There are more deaths caused by the beloved family Pit Bull than any other dog in the entire world.
    Below are just a few examples of Pit Bull Advocates and the death their beliefs bring. Never listen to a Pit Bull Advocate the …lives of your loved ones are too important.

    Top from left to right..
    Alexandria Griffin-Heady, Pit Bull Advocate owned the Pit Bulls that killed her brother Tyler Trammell Huston – 9yrs old – Linda, CA. on Jan 1 2016.

    Clifford Wright, Pit Bull Advocate killed by his sons Pit Bull in 2012. Cliffords son had the dog that killed him cremated so he could keep the dogs ashes.

    Darla Napora, Pit Bull Advocate Bad Rap Supporter. Darla and her unborn child was killed by her own Pit Bull in Aug of 2011. Darla’s husband had the dog that killed her cremated and buried with his wife.

    Bottom left to right..

    Edward Cahill, Pit Bull Advocate killed by his own Pit Bull on Christmas day in 2014.

    Rebecca Carey, Pit Bull Advocate Rescue Angel Killed by Pit Bulls she rescued in 2014.

    Nephi Selu, Killed by his uncles Pit Bull who believed Pit Bulls are safe play companions for children.

    Who will you listen to ?


  • Dennis Baker

    2015 Dog Bite Related Fatalities in the U.S.
    Updated after each fatality following fact finding research

    36 Dog Bite Related Fatality
    by Breed.
    28 by Pit Bull/Pit Bull Mix
    2 by Rottweiler
    1 by Golden/mixed breed
    1 by American bulldog, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Labrador mix
    4 Unknown/Pending

    By Age :
    14 Children
    22 Adult

    By State :

    NM – 1 death
    MD – 1 death
    FL – 3 death
    IA – 1 death
    AR – 1 death
    PA – 1 death
    W. VA – 2 death
    TX – 5 death
    SD – 1 death
    AR – 1 death
    GA – 1 death
    NV – 1 death
    IL – 1 death
    OK – 3 death
    NC – 2 death
    OH – 1 death
    SC – 1 death
    AL – 1 death
    CA – 3 death
    NY – 2 death
    TN – 1 death
    MI – 2 death

    Names and ages of the deceased:

    Unidentified Native American – about 40 y,o. – Gallup, NM – Pack of Feral Dogs [1.2.15]

    Eugene W. Smith – 87- Frederick, MD – 1 Pit Bull [1.7.15]

    Declin Moss – 18 months – Brooksville, FL – 2 Pit Bulls [1.19.15]

    Malaki Mildward – 7yrs old – College Springs, IA – 2 Pit Bull/Bull Dog Mix [1.22.15]

    Fredrick Crutchfield – 63 yrs old – Johnson county, AR – Pit Bull [ 2.4.15]

    TayLynn DeVaughn – 2 yrs old – Pittsburgh, PA – Pit Bull [2.22.15]

    Roy Higgenbotham – 62 yrs old – WHEELING, W.Va. – Pit Bull [3.8.15]

    Betty Wood – 78 yrs old – SULPHUR SPRINGS, TX – Rottweiler [3.12.15]

    Julia Charging Whirlwind – 49 yrs old – WHITE RIVER, SD – Pending [3.14.15]

    Detrick Johnson – 36 yrs old – JEFFERSON COUNTY, AR – 7 Pit Bulls [3.21.15]

    Neta Lee Adams – 81 yrs old – WASHINGTON, GA – Pending [3.31.15]

    Kenneth Ford – 79 yrs old – NYE COUNTY, NV – Pit Bulls [4.14.15]

    Brayden Wilson – 2 months old – Dallas, TX – Pit Bull [4.19.15]

    Gaege Anthony Ramirez – 7 yrs old – NEW BRAUNFELS, TX – Pending [5.2.15]

    James W. Nevils III – 5 yrs old – Chicago, IL – Pit Bull – [5.25.15]

    Jordon Tyson Collins – 3 yrs old – Lawton, OK – Pit Bull – [6.28.15]

    Norberto Legarda – 83 yrs old – Pecos, TX – Pit Bulls – [7.2.15]

    Joshua Phillip Strother – 6 yrs old – Hendersonville, NC – Pit Bull – [7.7.15]

    Annie L. Williams – 71 yrs old – Shaker Heights, OH – Pit Bull – [7.12.15]

    Carolyn Lamp – 67 yrs old – COWETA, Ok – 3 Pit Bull/1 Rottweiler – [7.24.15]

    Porsche Nicole Cartee – 25 yrs old – SPARTANBURG, SC – Pit Bull – [8.22.15]

    Cathy Wheatcraft – 48 yrs old – DAVIE COUNTY, N.C. – Pit Bull – [8.24.15]

    Barbara McCormick – 65 yrs old – Autauga County , AL – Golden/Mix – [8.2.15]

    Emilio Rios Sr – 65 yrs old – Riverside County, CA. Pit Bulls – [8.8.15]

    Carmen Reigada – 91 yrs old – Miami, FL. – American bulldog,Rhodesian Ridgeback, Labrador mix – [9.22.15]

    Lamarkus Hakeem Hicks – 2 yrs old – Martinsburg, WV – Pit Bull – [9.28.15]

    Edgar Brown – 60 yrs old – OKLAHOMA CITY, OK. – Pit Bulls – [10.16.15]

    Tanner Smith – 5 yrs old – Vidor, TX – Pit Bulls – [10.18.15]

    Amiyah Dunston – 9 yrs old – Elmont, NY – Pit Bull – [11.8.15]

    Anthony Riggs – 57 yrs old – Madison County ,TN – Rottweiler – [11.12.15]

    Carter Hartle – 11 months old – MARSHALL, NY – Pit Bull – [11.15.15]

    Xavier Strickland – 4 yrs old – Detroit, MI – Pit Bulls – [12.2.15]

    Rebecca Lillian-Kay Hardy – 22 yrs old – Port Huron, MI – Pit Bull, Husky-mix[12.3.15]

    Maria Torres – 57 yrs old – Gridley, CA – Pit Bulls – [12.16.15]

    Joan Ashman – 83 yrs old – CHULA VISTA, Calif. – Pit Bull – [12.18.15]

    Nyjah Espinosa – 2 yrs old – Miami-Dade, Fl – Pit Bull – [12.20.15]

    On average in 2015 someone was killed by a pit bull every 13 days. Some of these pit bull attacks were from the family dog that was well trained and had never shown signs of aggression before. The only common in these severe and often fatal attacks is not abuse or lack of training, it is breed. Choose the breed of dog you trust the lives of your loved ones with wisely.

  • Dennis Baker

    2016 Dog Bite Related Fatalities in the U.S.
    Updated after each fatality following fact finding research

    7 Dog Bite Related Fatality
    by Breed….

    6 by Pit Bull/Pit Bull Mix
    1 Mixed Breed

    By Age :
    3- Adults

    By State :

    CA – 1 death
    VA – 1 death
    NC – 3 death
    OH – 1 death
    WA – 1 death

    Names and ages of the deceased:

    Tyler Trammell Huston – 9yrs old – Linda, CA. – Pit Bulls – [1.3.16]

    Payton Lyrik Sawyers – 15months – Grayson County, VA – Pit Bull – [1.8.16]

    Talen Nathan West – 7yrs old – Lumberton, NC – Pit Bulls – [1.24.16]

    Aiden Grim-Morelli – 3days old – Youngstown, OH – Mixed Breed – [2.7.16]

    Suzanne Story – 36yrs old – Rquimans Country, N.C. – Pit Bull Mix – [2.10.16]

    Gladys Alexander – 92yrs old – Thurston County, WA – Pit Bull Mixes – [3.8.16]

    Bessie Flowers – 86yrs old – Charlotte, N.C. – Pit Bulls – [3.28.16]

  • Dennis Baker

    Expect death if you trip and fall with a pit bull in the house.. They are such sweet dogs. Did you know they also nanny children…..Only idiots defend these inherently dangerous dogs..

  • nonpitbullpetslivesmattertoo

    Pit bulls have been selectively bred for extreme aggression for hundreds of years for violent blood sports with a deadly bite. They are not safe or appropriate pets and should never be considered as such. Not all pit bulls will maim or kill but predicting which ones will is impossible.

    Pit bull type dogs make-up 6% of the U.S. dog population but they kill more than 95% of the 50,000 people, pets and livestock killed every year in the U.S. By taking time to read these tragedies, you’ll discover most of the killing pit bulls came from loving homes. No other dog breeds even comes close to the carnage pit bulls cause.

    From 2005-2016, 238 people killed by pit bull type dogs. Go to: DOGSBITE ORG

    459 disfigurements in 2015 by pit bulls.

    Two words to prove pit bull type dogs are inherently dangerous, “BREAK STICK’.

    Does this sound like a normal and safe dog breed to have live in our neighborhoods. Pit Bull Rescue Central recommends ALL pit bull owners to have a “break stick”, a wedge-shaped piece of wood used to pry open a pit bull’s jaw during an attack. “Since pit bulls have a strong fighting background, we recommend that pet owners also have a breaking stick as a precaution, even if they don’t plan to use it in an illegal context. However, please be discreet. Breaking sticks are not something to brag about and the general public might have the wrong impression if you walk around with a stick in your hand. Breaking sticks are not illegal, but they are considered dog fighting paraphernalia in certain states and/or with certain law enforcement agents.”

    According to Pit Bull Rescue Central, “It is a FACT that our pit bulls, AmStaffs and pit mixes come with a built-in fighting heritage.It doesn’t matter where we get them from, whether it be the pound, a stray we pick up, or a puppy we buy from a breeder. The majority of pit bulls will, at some point in their lives, exhibit some degree of dog-on-dog aggression. Yet, chances are that a “normal” pit bull will not share his affection with other animals.We cannot predict when or where it will happen and we can’t love, train or socialize it out of the dog. Pit bulls may not start fights, but they will finish them.”

    Red Flag: MOST insurance companies have come to the same conclusion and do no cover pit-bulls because they can’t afford the risk. Insurance companies have a calculated actuarial risk of pit bulls of 3,000% compared with other dogs. Pit bulls are seven times more likely to attack their owners. Dog attacks are the third most common claim on homeowner’s insurance. More evidence that people who have pit-bulls and certain other types of breeds are endangering people and other people’s beloved pets in our communities.

    It all starts with the ethical breeder willing to produce a dog with a stable inherited temperament. Domestic animals are selectively bred for certain traits, people are not. It is not possible to discriminate against dog breeds that are purposely bred for certain traits and characteristics. Dog breeding is the practice of mating selected dogs with the intent to maintain or produce specific qualities and characteristics. There are 300+ dog breeds. Pit bull breeders are the only ones who are breeding for aggression, tenacity and power to create the ultimate canine gladiator. The reality is that it is not how you raise them, it is how they are bred. “Love” will not take away a pit bulls inherent drive to kill. They are supplying to dog fighters, drug dealers, gang members, people who want a guard dog or a dog that looks like a protection dog. Aggression is a dominant trait resulting in a 75% chance of inheritance. One needs to actively breed to eliminate it through selective breeding and deliberate attrition, things that back yard breeders never do. Another problem is the rampant inbreeding with pit bull that produces unsafe dog. Pit-bull type dogs are the number one dog surrendered to shelters, a million every year, mostly because of aggression issues. Then many are rehomed by irresponsible pit bull advocates back into our communities. Watch this clip of unethical backyard breeders:

    Most dogs warn you before they attack, growling or barking to tell you how angry they are—”so they don’t have to fight,” ASPCA adviser and animal geneticist Stephen Zawistowski stresses. Not the pit bull, which attacks without warning. Most dogs, too, will bow to signal that they want to frolic. Again, not the pit bull, which may follow an apparently playful bow with a lethal assault.

    BENJAMIN HART, professor emeritus at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and animal behaviorist, “It’s quite common for a pit bull to show no signs of aggression. People will call it a nice dog, a sweet dog, even the neighbors – and then all of a sudden something triggers the dog, and it attacks a human in a characteristic way of biting and hanging on until a lot of damage is done. Hart said pit bulls are responsible for about 60 percent of dog attack fatalities each year, which is “way out of proportion” compared with other breeds. Pit bulls make up less than 5 percent of the American dog population. “It’s very poor policy to allow any child around a pit bull, in my mind, let alone climb on a dog.”

    Tia Torres who has a T.V. show on Animal Planet called, “Pit Bulls & Parolees​” wrote this for Rescue Train. “It’s a mistake to think the fighting gene can be easily trained or loved out of a pit-bull.”

    Why she think it’s appropriate to rehome pit bulls after saying that is beyond me. Adopting out predators of other people’s beloved pets compromises public safety. In my opinion is immoral. Pit bulls are zero mistake dogs and people make too many mistakes.

  • do it seriously

    Blaming the mother for her own death is the same as blaming a child for being molested by a pedophile. Pit bulls are the #1 canine killers. They kill for no reason other than they are genetically hardwired to kill.

  • Susan DeVilder

    Who is to blame? The pit bull pushers and advocates who push these dogs off onto the public as great family pets are to blame. The people who continue to spread the lies and myths that they are nanny dogs and it’s all how you raise them are to blame. The people who continue to defend this dog breed each time it kills a human are to blame. This woman, who knew her dogs were starting to show aggression towards other animals and turned a blind eye to their genetics are to blame. This did not have to happen. And if people would only admit that this dog breed is potentially dangerous because it was bred to fight to the death in pits, and it has no business in polite society than it might not have happened. But now this poor, innocent woman is dead. And sadly she won’t be the last death this year. There will be dozens more behind her.

  • Nicole

    Of course she should be charged. Woman wouldn’t even give up her dogs after they killed her mother. WTF?