Elderly Sulphur Springs woman dies after dog mauling

Published: Mar. 13, 2015 at 8:39 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 3, 2017 at 7:49 PM CDT
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SULPHUR SPRINGS, TX (KLTV) - An elderly Sulphur Springs woman was mauled to death by her pet Rottweiler on Thursday night, police say.

Betty Wood, 78, was killed during the attack at her home in the 1000 block of north Davis Street.

According to Police Chief Jay Sanders, the department received a call about 7 p.m. of a possible deceased person. The woman's daughter, who lives next door, went to check on her mother and found Wood's body. Wood lived alone in the home.

"It was really bad," Sanders said. "Just a terrible situation. It really was."

The department was able to determine through an initial investigation that she was killed by the family pet, which she had owned for about five years. A medical examiner confirmed the findings.

"I've been doing this 30 years and that scene was about as gruesome as I've ever seen," Sanders said.

The dog was signed over to SSPD and quarantined. The Rottweiler was euthanized Friday and sent to an area vet for a rabies test.

"It's impossible to know what triggered the dog," Sanders said. "We hate this kind of thing happened."

The Texas Rangers assisted with the case.

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