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Alabama woman killed by pack of dogs; owner charged with manslaughter


An worker of the Alabama Division of Public Well being was killed by a pack of canine within the northwestern half of the state final week as she was responding to a report about one other assault involving the identical canine earlier within the week, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Workplace stated Friday on Fb.

Jacqueline Summer season Beard was pronounced useless Friday by the Franklin County coroner after native residents referred to as the police to report a suspicious car, the sheriff’s workplace stated. Officers discovered the automobile with Beard’s physique inside it in a rural space outdoors Pink Bay, close to the Mississippi line, in keeping with the Fb submit.

Beard is believed to have been attempting to contact the canine’s owner — whom the sheriff’s workplace recognized as Brandy Dowdy, 39 — when the canine killed her, the sheriff’s workplace stated.

AL.com, the web site of a number of Alabama newspapers, reported that Beard was a 58-year-old environmental supervisor and a longtime worker of the Public Well being Division. It reported that on Friday morning, she was following up on an incident earlier within the week wherein the canine attacked a woman who was strolling. The woman stays hospitalized in Mississippi, AL.com reported.

When officers arrived on the scene, a number of canine began attacking the residents, inflicting one of them to maintain minor accidents and a few of the canine to be euthanized instantly, the sheriff’s workplace stated. Officers then discovered Beard’s physique within the automobile, the sheriff’s workplace stated.

Dowdy was charged with manslaughter and is being held with out bail, public data present.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Workplace couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.

The Public Well being Division didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.



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