Postie brutally mauled to death by five dogs in 'tragic event'

·News Reporter
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A 61-year-old woman has died after being viscously attacked by five dogs.

Pamela Jane Rock had only recently completed her training with the postal service when her vehicle broke down on Sunday in a neighbourhood about 105km south of Jacksonville, in rural Florida.

After hearing her screams for help, several residents rushed from their homes and tried to pull the dogs away from Ms Rock, according to CNN, who spoke to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

Pamela Jane Rock, 61, who died after being mauled by the dogs.
Pamela Jane Rock, 61, died in hospital after being mauled by five dogs in Putnam County, Florida. Source: Putnam County Sheriff's Office/Rock family

"One of the neighbours even brought his firearm along and fired several shots into the air and to the ground in an attempt to disrupt the attack," Putnam County Sheriff Chief Deputy Colonel Joseph Wells said at a press conference.

"The attempt was unsuccessful, and the neighbours and the owners had to physically remove the dogs from Ms Rock."

Police arrived to find Ms Rock "on the ground, bleeding severely" and the dogs already back at their owner's property.

Officers applied tourniquets and provided first aid until paramedics arrived and transported Ms Rock to a nearby hospital.

She was then flown to a trauma centre in critical condition, however her injuries were too severe and she tragically died the following night.

Ms Rock's niece, Sabrina Rock, told Jacksonville TV station, WTLV, that her aunt had sustained horrific wounds and doctors were forced to amputate her arm in attempt to save her.

"Our hearts are with the victim and her family as they navigate through this tragic event," Putnam County Sheriff H.D. DeLoach said.

"It is imperative that dog owners take responsibility in keeping their animals in a secured location for their safety and those around."

Dogs euthanised after postal worker dies

According to the sheriff's office, animal control workers were called to the scene and took custody of the five dogs, who were later euthanised humanely.

Animal officials had reportedly visited the dog's home at least twice in the last three years.

"They were most likely responding to complaints about vicious dogs, but investigators were still working to confirm the information," Chief Deputy Colonel Wells said.

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