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The sheriff in Carter County, Oklahoma, Chris Bryant told KTEN, an NBC affiliate, that Tracy Garcia, 52, was mauled by seven of her neighbor's dogs.

The shelter's euthanasia technician Amanda Dinwiddie said six of the dogs appeared to be standard dachshund and terrier mixes. The mother-of-two, who worked as a housekeeper, later died of her injuries.

When police arrived at the scene, they shot one of the dogs to death as it attempted to attack a responding officer, KXII-TV in Ardmore reported.

None of the dogs weighed more than 40 pounds or were taller than knee-high.

As far as charges go, Bryant says the investigation is on-going and the district attorney has been contacted.

Initially, one of the dogs was incorrectly identified by law enforcement as a pit bull terrier. "This is just a bad deal all the way around".

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The sheriff says the remaining dogs were euthanized at the owner's request. The dogs ranged in age from 1 to 3 years old.

"There were seven dogs - three were females, four of them were males", Dinwiddie said.

She added the dogs had "really noticeable characteristics like their knobby legs, knees, very short legged dogs and their coats".

Dinwiddie said that the animals were "infested with fleas and ticks".

"We were cleaning ticks off ourselves all day", Dinwiddie told KXII. "They are very covered, you can tell they have been living out in the woods".

According to her obituary, Garcia is survived by a son and daughter. She enjoyed playing piano and singing gospel music in the Baptiste Family Band.


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