An elderly woman was mauled to death by a pack of dogs while mowing her yard on Saturday afternoon
According to the American Statesman, an elderly woman was mauled to death by a pack of dogs while mowing her yard on Saturday afternoon. Mrs. Stiles, 76, was found lying in her front yard at her home near Thorndale with bites all over her body. She had been attacked by six pit bull-Rottweiler mixed-breed dogs owned by a man living less than 500 yards away, Milam County sheriff’s deputies said. A man who stopped to help Stiles also was badly injured by the dogs. He was taken to Scott & White Hospital in Temple, where he was treated for several bites on his torso, right leg and groin and later released.
Stiles died of her injuries, according to the sheriff’s department. She may have gotten off the mower and tried to make it to her home when she was attacked. Milam County and Thorndale law enforcement officers took five of the dogs into custody at their owner’s residence Saturday night. Officials said that the dogs were euthanized Monday and will be sent to Austin for rabies testing. The sixth dog was shot dead by Stiles’ husband, Jack.
The dogs apparently were kept in a pen behind a 3-foot chain-link fence with no top rail. Electric fencing low along the inside of the pen was meant to keep them from digging and getting out.