ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) — The sheriff in Carter County, Oklahoma says Tracy Garcia, 52, was attacked and killed by a neighbor's dogs near her home outside Ardmore, Oklahoma on Thursday night.
Deputies shot and killed one dog that charged them. They took the other six to a veterinary hospital to be put down at the owner's request.
"There were seven dogs: three were females, four of them were males," said Amanda Dinwiddie, a euthanasia technician. "They all ranged from probably a year to about three years [old]."
Dinwiddie said six of the dogs are believed to be a standard dachshund and terrier mix, and one is believed to be a border collie mix.
None of the dogs weighed more than 40 pounds or were taller than knee-high.
"A predominant breed in these dogs is definitely standard dachshund," Dinwiddie said. "They have really noticeable characteristics like their knobby legs, knees, very short legged dogs and their coats."
Dinwiddie said the dogs were infested with fleas and ticks, but didn't have any other visible health concerns.
"We were cleaning ticks off ourselves all day," Dinwiddie said. "They are very covered, you can tell they have been living out in the woods."
The vet hospital said the animals won't be tested for rabies: a decision Dinwiddie understands.
"If there was any possible issue of them biting someone else, then it would've been, but the dogs are deceased, as well as the victim, so there's just no reason to go spend the thousands and thousands of dollars," Dinwiddle said.
Sheriff Chris Bryant said the attack is still under investigation and will be turned over to the district attorney's office for review.