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Daughter of woman mauled to death by her eight-year-old pit bull Amigo while suffering a seizure will NOT have the animal put down because ‘it was just trying to help my mom’

  • Massachusetts woman Melissa Astacio, 44, died Friday after her eight-year-old pit bull Amigo mauled her to death as she was suffering a seizure 
  • Police were called to the home around 5.20pm by Melissa’s daughter Heaven 
  • Responding officers were forced to taser the dog before paramedics could assist Astacio, who had a history of seizures 
  • The family had Amigo since he was a puppy 
  • The dog was brought to Swansea Animal Rescue where he was placed in quarantine as officials investigate the incident
  • The family says they don’t think Amigo meant to attack Melissa

A Massachusetts woman has died after she was mauled to death by her dog while suffering a seizure – but the family won’t put the canine down. 

Melissa Astacio, 44, was suffering a seizure in her Somerset home on Friday when her eight-year-old pit bull named Amigo attacked her. 

Police were called to the home around 5.20pm by Melissa’s daughter Heaven.

Responding officers were forced to taser the dog before paramedics could assist Astacio, who had a history of seizures. 

Massachusetts woman Melissa Astacio, 44, died Friday after she suffered a seizure and her eight-year-old pitbull Amigo mauled her

Massachusetts woman Melissa Astacio, 44, died Friday after she suffered a seizure and her eight-year-old pitbull Amigo mauled her 

Responding officers were forced to taser the dog before paramedics could assist Astacio, who had a history of seizures

The dog Amigo was brought to Swansea Animal Rescue where he was placed in quarantine as officials investigate the incident

Responding officers were forced to taser the dog Amigo before paramedics could assist Astacio, who had a history of seizures

She was rushed to the hospital and died from her injuries.  

‘I don’t think he was trying to attack her,’ Heaven said to WJAR. ‘I think the dog was just trying to help my mom but he’s just a dog and he didn’t know any better.’

‘What happened that night, it never happened like that before. I don’t want to see my dog get put down for something he was only trying to help with,’ she added.  

She said her dog had never reacted violently in the past to her mother having a seizure. 

‘The dog would just law on the side of her and like sniff her and stuff like that,’ Heaven said. 

'I don't think he was trying to attack her,' Heaven said. 'I think the dog was just trying to help my mom but he's just a dog and he didn't know any better.'

‘I don’t think he was trying to attack her,’ Heaven said. ‘I think the dog was just trying to help my mom but he’s just a dog and he didn’t know any better.’

Some neighbors left flowers at the doorstep of Astacio's home

Some neighbors left flowers at the doorstep of Astacio’s home

Cops pictured on the scene Friday evening at Astacio's Somerset home

Cops pictured on the scene Friday evening at Astacio’s Somerset home

The dog Amigo was brought to Swansea Animal Rescue where he was placed in quarantine as officials investigate the incident. 

The family had Amigo since he was a puppy.  

While pit bulls are stereotyped as dangerous dogs, experts say the breed isn’t necessarily more aggressive than other canines. 

The dog Amigo was brought to Swansea Animal Rescue where he was placed in quarantine as officials investigate the incident

The dog Amigo was brought to Swansea Animal Rescue where he was placed in quarantine as officials investigate the incident

While pit bulls are stereotyped as dangerous dogs, experts say the breed isn't necessarily more aggressive than other canines

While pit bulls are stereotyped as dangerous dogs, experts say the breed isn’t necessarily more aggressive than other canines

‘Every dog has behavior that comes from both nature and nurture, and no breed is inherently good or inherently bad any more than any human being is,’ Dr. Terri Bright, director of behavior services at MSPCA-Angell said, according to the Boston Herald. 

Astacio’s death has shook the community as some locals left flowers on the doorstep of the mother-of-three. 

‘All my mom ever wanted was for me and her three kids to have a better life than she could,’ Heaven said.  

Police do not believe criminal conduct or foul play is suspected. 

Massachusetts woman mauled to death by her pet pit bull while suffering seizure

Carrie Fisher’s brother Todd shares a funny and strangely prescient letter the late actress wrote about death: ‘I would call and tell you what this is like, but there is no reception up here’

It’s like a message from the great beyond, suffused with the Force itself. 

Carrie Fisher’s brother Todd Fisher has shared a letter he only recently found that she wrote about death, according to Page Six. 

The Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker actress — who passed away in December 2016 of a heart attack following a transatlantic flight — had penned the note about death that displayed her unmistakable charm and wit.

From beyond: Fallen actress Carrie Fisher's brother Todd has shared a letter he only recently found that she wrote about death; here she is seen in a headshot from 1977

From beyond: Fallen actress Carrie Fisher’s brother Todd has shared a letter he only recently found that she wrote about death; here she is seen in a headshot from 1977

The letter reads: ‘I am dead. How are you? I’ll see you soon … I would call and tell you what this is like, but there is no reception up here. Cut. New scene, new setup, new heavenly location.

‘I have finally got the part that I have been rehearsing for all my life,’ the note continues. ‘God gave me the part. This is the end of the road I have been touring on all my life.’

Todd explained to the New York Post that he recently was going through some desk drawers, looking for memorabilia.

‘Everything Debbie [Reynolds, his and Carrie’s mother who died just days after her daughter] cared the most about, in terms of personal letters, was in there. I’ve been through that drawer several times,’ he said. 

Leia forever: The Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker actress — who passed away in December 2016 — had penned the note about death that displayed her unmistakable charm and wit

Leia forever: The Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker actress — who passed away in December 2016 — had penned the note about death that displayed her unmistakable charm and wit

This time, however, he stumbled across something ‘I’d never seen before in my life.’

He found the note scrawled Carrie’s distinctive handwriting on a piece of paper, on both sides.  

‘Either it was something Carrie wrote long ago because she was doing a story on death, or it just materialized from beyond,’ Todd marveled. ‘She was writing as if she was dead and what it was like… It just blew my mind.’

'I have finally got the part that I have been rehearsing for all my life,' the note said. 'God gave me the part. This is the end of the road I have been touring on all my life'; seen here in 2014 with her Star Wars costar and onscreen brother Mark Hamill

‘I have finally got the part that I have been rehearsing for all my life,’ the note said. ‘God gave me the part. This is the end of the road I have been touring on all my life’; seen here in 2014 with her Star Wars costar and onscreen brother Mark Hamill 

Eerie: Todd explained that he recently was going through some desk drawers, looking for memorabilia, when he stumbled upon the note; Carrie seen here in Rise Of Skywalker

Eerie: Todd explained that he recently was going through some desk drawers, looking for memorabilia, when he stumbled upon the note; Carrie seen here in Rise Of Skywalker

‘I thought, “Wow, why am I finding this right now?” I know Carrie’s writing inside and out. It’s unmistakable.’ 

Fisher also mentioned that watching the latest Star Wars installments, two of which have been released since his sister’s and mother’s untimely deaths, has helped him come to terms with what happened. 

‘I cried,’ he said of watching Carrie in The Rise Of Skywalker. ‘Carrie is the heart and soul of the storyline.’ 

Rebel princess: Fisher on the set of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, from 1980

Rebel princess: Fisher on the set of Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, from 1980

Dearly departed: Fisher's brother also mentioned that watching the latest Star Wars installments, two of which have been released since his sister's untimely death, has helped him cope; Carrie seen here in 2015 in London

Dearly departed: Fisher’s brother also mentioned that watching the latest Star Wars installments, two of which have been released since his sister’s untimely death, has helped him cope; Carrie seen here in 2015 in London

‘A lot of people asked me when they died, “How do you deal with it?”‘ he shared. ‘Part of it is the faith that we all shared, my mother, my sister and I — the idea that we shall meet again, and they’re not far from you. They’re just in a different space or a different dimension.’

‘There are a lot of words you can attach to [that],’ he went on. ‘The word “force,” for example, is [Star Wars creator] George Lucas’s choice word, but you could interchange [that with] the word “faith.” I find a lot of that comforting, frankly.’

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, which features Carrie Fisher’s final film role, is currently in theaters. 

May the Force be with her, always: Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, which features Carrie Fisher's final film role, is currently in theaters; seen here in 1977

May the Force be with her, always: Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, which features Carrie Fisher’s final film role, is currently in theaters; seen here in 1977

Carrie Fisher’s brother Todd shares a funny and prescient letter the late actress wrote about death

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