Three dogs have turned on a woman who was minding them, mauling her to death in the yard of a Queensland home.
Paramedics were confronted with a shocking scene when they arrived at the home in the city of Maryborough on Tuesday morning.
The critically injured woman was found lying in the yard with wounds to her head, chest and arm.
Officers fought to save her but she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police are yet to formally identify the victim but say she was aged in her 30s or 40s.
It is understood neighbours raised the alarm, and police say the dogs had already been corralled into a shed by the time officers arrived on the scene.
The animals have been seized by the local council. It is likely they will be put down.
Police do not believe the woman owned the dogs but was merely caring for them at the Milton Road property.
"At this stage it is just a very tragic accident," Acting Inspector Wade Lee said.
A report will be prepared for the coroner.