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Husband Demands Justice for Wife Killed in Dog Attack

The Hot Springs Village Police says the bullmastiff attacked 75-year-old Joan Kappen after someone let the dog out of the house unsupervised this morning.
She was the most wonderful person there ever was.
HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, AR -- A husband is looking for someone to be held accountable after his wife of more than a decade was attacked and killed by a dog on Thursday.

The Hot springs Village Police says the bullmastiff attacked 75-year-old Joan Kappen after someone let the dog out of the house unsupervised this morning.

"She was the most wonderful person there ever was," her husband Hans Kappen said.

He says his wife had been walking the same route for seven years and never had a problem until today.

"They didn't just bite somebody, they killed my wife," Hans Kappen said.

He says the dog attacked her for no reason and now his wife of 11 years is gone.

"We need to make the people responsible for their actions," he said. "If you have dogs like that, you should be totally responsible for the consequences. That's what we need to see."

A family member of the dog owner tried to stop the attack but the bullmastiff bit her, too. She's expected to survive.

So far, no charges have been filed, but Hans Kappen says someone needs to answer to this attack.

"I feel somewhere along the lines justice has to be served," he said.

The bullmastiff was euthanized upon the family's request.

Police say as far as they could tell it didn't have a history of aggressive behavior.
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