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Oklahoma woman attacked to death by pack of dogs

/ 06:28 PM May 17, 2018

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A woman from Ardmore, Oklahoma was killed by her neighbor’s seven dogs.

Tracy Jane Garcia, 52, was attacked by the dogs near her home in Banyon Road last Thursday, May 10, as reported by local media KXII News 12.

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Deputies who responded shot one of the dogs that charged them. The other six were euthanized at the Westwood Veterinary Hospital upon their owner’s request.

The report stated that a euthanasia technician, Amanda Dinwiddie, said the dogs were standard dachshund and terrier mix, with one believed to be a border collie mix.

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But a doctor from the veterinary hospital, Dr. Aldridge, argued that the dogs appeared to him as “a pit bull and 4 pit-bull mix puppies.”

“We have been receiving a lot of negative messages regarding the breeds of dogs involved in the terrible attack Thursday night,” said Dr. Aldridge. “I believe that people are missing the point, focusing on the breeds of dogs that were involved. A woman died.”

“Who knows what the female [dog] was. She looked to me like an Australian Shepherd mixed with something with short legs,” the doctor said. He made his statement via the Westwood Veterinary Hospital Facebook page, May 15.

Nevertheless, all the dogs did not weigh more than 40 pounds each, nor taller than knee high, the report said.

Meanwhile, Dinwiddie described the dogs as infested with fleas and ticks.

“We were cleaning ticks off ourselves all day,” she said in the report. “They are very covered, you can tell they have been living out in the woods.”

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The attack is still under investigation. Garcia was buried on Tuesday, May 15, according to the Griffin-Hillcrest website. She was cited as a homemaker who also served the Ardmore community. Katrina Hallare/JB

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