Oklahoma woman mauled to death by pack of small dogs

 upi.com  5/18/2018 1:58:00 AM 

May 17 (UPI) -- An Oklahoma woman was mauled to death by a pack of seven dogs that weighed no more than 40 pounds each, police said Thursday.

The victim, 52-year-old Tracy Garcia, was walking near her home in Ardmore, Okla. when the dogs attacked. The dogs were dachshund and terrier mix, one is believed to be a border collie mix.

When police arrived on the scene, they shot one of the dogs.

"Unfortunately, yes. We had to shoot one dog," Carter County Sheriff Chris Bryant told KFOR-TV. "It did charge our deputies and to protect our deputies, as well as the medical personnel, we did have to put down a dog."

Garcia was taken to a nearby hospital where she died of her injuries.

The dogs were taken to an animal shelter where they were euthanized.

According to the shelter's euthanasia technician, Amanda Dinwiddie, the dogs were dachshund mixes between the ages of one and three years.

"They have really noticeable characteristics like their knobby legs, knees, very short legged dogs and their coats," Dinwiddle told KXII-TV.

Her death is under investigation by the Carter County District Attorney's Office.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims, and obviously the rest of the community, because this is a very unfortunate situation," said Bryant.

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