Ardmore, Oklahoma, USA: 52-year-old Tracy Garcia, was walking near her home on Banyon Road in Ardmore, Oklahoma. when her neighbor’s pack of seven dogs that weighed no more than 40 pounds each attacked and killed her, Carter County Sheriff Chris Bryant said Thursday.
The dogs were dachshund and terrier mix, one is believed to be a border collie mix, police ..
“We were outside swimming and then all the sudden heard gunshots and dogs and screams and a helicopter came,” said Trinity Reynolds, an eyewitness who was nearby.
As first responders on the scene tried to help the woman, the dogs turned on them.
When police arrived on the scene, they shot one of the dogs.
“Unfortunately, yes. We had to shoot one dog,” Sheriff Chris Bryant told reporters. “It did charge our deputies and to protect our deputies, as well as the medical personnel, we did have to put down a dog.”
Tracy 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. The sheriff said the remaining dogs were euthanized at the owner’s request.
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 reporters.
Dr. Douglas Aldridge, BS, DVM, the veterinarian who euthanized the animals at the owner’s request after the attack, said the animals likely wouldn’t be tested for further disease since Garcia had already been pronounced dead at the scene. Aldridge stated he estimated the weight of the animals from 35-60 pounds, and confirmed that the animals were infested with fleas and ticks. He noted no other obvious signs of disease.
“Mixed breeds can be difficult to determine based on visualizing. Sometimes it is obvious what the breeds are. This is usually two purebred dogs that have mated which have the characteristics of each breed,” said Dr. Barry Whitworth, DVM, the OSU Extension Area Food Animal/Quality & Health Specialist said. “However, when mixed breeds cross, it is very difficult to figure out what breeds are involved.”
Family members of the deceased declined to comment on the conditions that led to Garcia’s untimely death.
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.
Neighbors say dogs running loose in the area are a common occurrence. The sheriff says in the county area, there is no leash law or a rule on how many dogs a person can have.
“We have been receiving a lot of negative messages regarding the breeds of dogs involved in the terrible attack Thursday night. I believe that people are missing the point regarding the breeds of dogs that were involved. A woman died. The dogs appear to me to be a pit bull and 4 pit-bull mix puppies. Who knows what the female was. She looked to me like an Australian Shepherd mixed with something with short legs. It was tragic. The person who made a statement about the breed previously works at the shelter, not here.- Dr. Aldridge” the veterinarian who euthanized the animals at the owner’s request later wrote on Facebook.