An Oklahoma woman died last week after her neighbor’s seven dogs reportedly attacked her near her Ardmore home.
KXII reported that Tracy Garcia, 52, has been identified as the woman who died in Thursday’s attack. Garcia was mauled at the intersection of Banyon and Mary Niblack roads and later died from her injuries, according to KTEN.
Deputies reportedly fatally shot one of the dogs that charged at them. The other six were transported to Westwood Veterinary Hospital, where they were euthanized at the owner’s request. Reports indicated that the dogs’ bodies were then sent to Ardmore Animal Shelter for cremation.
Sheriff Chris Bryant said all seven dogs were less than 40 pounds. He also revealed that initial reports stating that a pit bull took part in the attack were inaccurate.
“This is a bad situation, a very unfortunate situation,” Bryant said, according to KTEN. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the victims. This is just a bad deal all the way around.”
Some reports have suggested that dachshunds were behind Thursday’s deadly attack. The shelter’s euthanasia technician explained that the younger dogs were a “standard dachshund and terrier mix” while the oldest canine appears to have been a border collie mix.
“A predominant breed in these dogs is definitely standard dachshund,” technician Amanda Dinwiddie told KXII. “They have really noticeable characteristics like their knobby legs, knees, very short legged dogs and their coats”
Dinwiddie claimed the dogs—three females and four males—ranged in age from a year to about three years. Shelter co-director Tena Layton told The Daily Ardmorette that the oldest dog was possibly the pack’s mother.
Layton also claimed all seven dogs were infested with fleas and ticks. Dinwiddie said it was apparent that the dogs have been living in the woods.
It’s not immediately known whether the dogs had other illnesses. However, KXII reported that vet hospital officials have decided that the dogs won’t be tested.
“If there was any possible issue of them biting someone else then it would’ve been [done] 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.
Bryant said autopsy results and other information regarding the case to the District Attorney’s Office by Thursday. From there, the District Attorney will determine whether the dogs’ owner will face charges.
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[Featured image: Tracy Garcia/KXII video screengrab]