Update @ 1:11: An investigation was underway today into the possible mauling death of a woman whose bloodied body was found in a North County backyard along with eight large dogs, sheriff’s officials reported.
Deputies had to call animal-control officers to secure a group of dogs, described as ‘Olde English Bulldogges” running loose in the yard.
The dead woman’s injuries were “consistent with” dog bites, Sgt. Victor Perry said. He added, however, that a cause-of-death ruling would remain on hold pending autopsy findings.
The county Animal Services Department impounded the dogs, agency spokesman Dan DeSousa said.
Original Story: An investigation was underway today into the death of a 30-year-old woman whose body was found in the backyard of a Fallbrook home along with several large dogs who had to be rounded up by animal control, authorities said.
Deputies were called to the home in the 1300 block of Calle Tecolotan just before 5:15 p.m. Sunday, according to San Diego County sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Jenkins.
A woman who identified herself as the victim’s cousin said she went to the home to check on her relative’s welfare and found the body, the sergeant said in a statement.
When deputies arrived, they had to call animal control officers to secure several large dogs running loose in the backyard, Jenkins said.
The county coroner’s office also was called to the home, according to Jenkins, who said the office determined there did not appear to be any criminal activity associated with the woman’s death.
The woman was house-sitting for the homeowners, who were out of town, he said.
Her name and city of residence were not immediately released.
The official cause of death and nature of death were under investigation.