Woman mauled to death by pack of small dogs

A woman has been mauled to death by seven small dogs, most of them believed to be a dachshund-terrier mix.

Carter County Sheriff Chris Bryant says 52-year-old Tracy Garcia was killed last week near her home outside Ardmore, about 145 kilometers south of Oklahoma City.

Bryant says the dogs each weighed less than 18 kilograms and that they belonged to one of Ms Garcia’s neighbours.

Police shot one dog, while the rest were euthanised at an animal shelter.

The majority of the dogs were believed to be a daschund-terrier mix. Source: Getty (file image)

“This is a bad situation, a very unfortunate situation,” Bryant told KTEN.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the victims. This is just a bad deal all the way around.”

Amanda Dinwiddie, an animal shelter euthanasia technician at Westwood Veterinary Hospital, told KXII that six of the dogs appeared to be a dachshund and terrier mix, while the seventh appeared to be a border collie mix.

“A predominant breed in these dogs is definitely standard dachshund,” Dinwiddie told the local station.

“They have really noticeable characteristics like their knobby legs, knees, very short legged dogs and their coats.”

Authorities are now investigating whether criminal charges should be filed against the dogs owner.