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Dog behavior consultant speaks after Asheville woman found dead in home

Kim Brophey, a certified dog behavior consultant, evaluated the canines removed from Jane Egle's home. She said seven dogs were a breed called Boerboel, also known as a South African Mastiff. According to Brophey, they were highly aggressive. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

Deputies are continuing their investigation after a 59-year-old woman was found dead in her home with an aggressive dog that deputies killed at the scene.

Kim Brophey, a certified dog behavior consultant, evaluated the canines removed from Jane Egle's home.

She said seven dogs were a breed called Boerboel, also known as a South African Mastiff. According to Brophey, they were highly aggressive.

"Had these dogs not been so under-socialized they might not have behaved as aggressively as they did upon evaluation. Given their propensity to harm others, it would have been negligent to do anything other than what was done," Brophey said. "If we have no tolerance for the specific behaviors that dogs were bred for, maybe we shouldn't be breeding them."

Each dog was evaluated based on their specific behaviors.

"The dogs displayed highly aggressive territorial behavior upon evaluation of each of them. The crime of the one did not dictate what happened to the others. It's important that people know that," Brophey said. "The dogs were judged for the behavior that they demonstrated during evaluation."

According to the Asheville Humane Society, six adult mastiffs were euthanized, a Pyrenees is still being evaluated and a puppy will be put into breed specific placement.

"The puppy demonstrated very appropriate social behavior," Brophey said.

Brophey said reintroducing the dogs to society would have been a danger to the public and other animals.

"I was terrified, and I've done this a long time. It was a difficult thing to do. Both myself and the other evaluator were appropriately cautious given the expressed threatening behavior of the dogs, it was warranted. We had a job to do, and we did it. The decision was made by the organization in light of our findings," Brophey said.

A request for an autopsy report was submitted. According to the Medical Examiner's Office, it could take 2-3 months to receive an official report.

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