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WOMAN, 74, FOUND DEAD; HER 2 DOGS ARE BLAMED

A 74-year-old animal lover was found dead in her home after what police believe was a brutal attack by the woman's two mixed-breed dogs.

Neighbors reported a commotion Thursday at the house of Laverne Ford, a retired nurse's aide who lived alone with the dogs and many cats.

When an officer arrived, the larger dog -- estimated at between 50 and 60 pounds -- was sitting next to Ford's body, Wheeler County Sheriff James Peacock said. Both dogs had blood on them and are believed to have taken part in the attack.

"I've seen dog bites before, but I'd never seen anything like this," Peacock said.

The officer shot the larger dog after it threatened the officer. The other dog, which weighed about 30 pounds, fled into a bathroom, and officers locked it inside.

Neighbors said the dogs had turned mean, and Ford had a gate to bar them from her living room.

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