Dog lover’s chilling Facebook post weeks before pet killed her husband

Noel Backhouse, 66, was set upon by Ruben the Rottweiler at his home in Allens Rivulet, Tasmania, Australia.

Dog lover’s chilling Facebook post weeks before pet killed her husband
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Noel Backhouse, 66, was killed by Ruben the Rottweiler at his home in Tasmania, Australia (Picture:Facebook)

A woman has become a widow after her dog mauled her husband to death – weeks after she shared a post blaming owners for badly behaved pets.

Karen ‘Maree’ Anderson, 64, and husband Noel Backhouse, 66, were set upon by their Rottweiler, Ruben, in their home in Allens Rivulet, Tasmania, on Sunday night.

Noel suffered fatal bites to his hands and arms while Ms Anderson had to be treated in hospital for injuries to her lower legs.

In June, she shared a post that said: ‘In the 70s they blamed the Dobermans. In the 80s they blamed the German Shepherds.

‘In the 90s they blamed Rottweilers. Now they blame the Pitbull. When will they blame the humans?’

Ruben has now been euthanised and the two other dogs have been seized by the council while an investigation is carried out.

Noel was previously attacked by a Pitbull while out walking Tori and Ruben with his wife in July 2022.

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The Facebook post was posted by Ms Anderson in June (Picture: Facebook)
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Mr Backhouse used to take Ruben for walks around the neighbourhood (Picture: Facebook)
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Ruben also used to be taken to dog shows (Picture: Facebook)

Ms Anderson shared a picture of his bloody hands and wrists shortly afterwards.

She wrote: ‘In an attempt to keep Ruben safe, Noel was badly bitten. The owner arrived on his bike and took off when the police were called.

‘I’m just so angry that an idiot like this thinks it’s OK to allow his dog to roam freely while he follows on his bike… with no control over the animal.’

The couple took Ruben and their other dogs, Evie a French Bulldog and Tori a German Shepherd, to dog shows.

Ruben was awarded two trophies and two ribbons after winning Best State Bred Dog and Best Opposite State Bred at the Rottweiler Club of Tasmania Specialty Show last November.

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Authorities said the dog had turned on Mr Backhouse and Ms Anderson (Picture: Facebook)
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Mr Backhouse was also injured by a Pitbull in July 2022 (Picture: Facebook)

It is understood a neighbour has launched a community initiative to help take care of the couple’s other dogs while Ms Anderson recovers. 

Tasmanian Police Inspector Colin Riley said: ‘This is a family that have had a loved pet.’

‘Unfortunately, that animal has turned on them and it’s had tragic outcomes.’

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

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