An Oklahoma lady who authorities say was killed by a pack of canines had accidents that appeared nearly like stab wounds.
On Sunday, Oklahoma County Deputies responded to a house in a rural group close to Harrah, discovering the physique of 61-year-old Anita Mears.
Initially, investigators thought Mears had been stabbed given the character of her accidents, KWTV reported.
“Ms. Mears had injuries consistent of being stabbed multiple times,” Oklahoma County Sheriff Tommie Johnson III stated at a press convention.
Nevertheless, a coroner’s investigation revealed that Mears had truly been attacked by a number of canines, leading to her loss of life.
“The Oklahoma Coroner’s Office responded and determined this is not a homicide,” Johnson III stated.
Johnson stated Mears’ personal canine was additionally injured within the assault, and that the pet was apparently making an attempt to guard her. When deputies arrived at her dwelling, the canine was discovered standing guard over her physique.
“We don’t know where the dogs are and are asking people if you see a pack of dogs stay away and please call police,” Johnson III stated. “Obviously, they’re traveling in packs so they can be dangerous when they do that.”
“You speak about how in any rural a part of the group, canines get let unfastened on the market after which they group up and so they simply run like pack animals. So, it is vitally frequent to see a pack of canines operating round,” Johnson III stated, based on KOCO.
“Our heart goes out to her family. Life is precious, and it’s sad when we lose one, especially in this fashion,” Sheriff Tommie Johnson III stated.
A neighborhood resident who lived subsequent door to Mears stated she was in full shock concerning the loss of life of Mears, who she described as having at all times been a caring and considerate particular person.
“A very kind compassionate person, always there when you needed her, she was a huge help and she’ll be sorely missed,” Lensie Wilkerson instructed KWTV.
“My daughter loved her. Like she wanted to go down there all the time. She’s a very kind person and I just can’t believe this happened.”
Figures from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) present that round 4.5 million individuals are bitten by canines yearly in the USA.
In roughly 800,000 of those instances, the bites require medical consideration. At the least half of these bitten are youngsters.
The CDC has shared an inventory of actions that needs to be taken if you’re approached by an unfamiliar canine, which incorporates:
- Keep nonetheless and stay calm
- Keep away from direct eye contact with the canine
- Don’t panic, make loud noises or run
- Say “no” or “go home” in a agency, deep voice and stand with the aspect of your physique dealing with the canine
- Slowly increase your palms to your neck together with your elbows in and anticipate the canine to move or slowly stroll again