A woman was mauled to death by a pack of dogs at a home in Travis County on Wednesday, but their owner probably won’t face charges – despite residents saying they are ‘frightening’ and a nuisance.
Erin McCleskey, 36, was serving process papers at the home in northeast Travis County when she was attacked. The homeowners had been out of town for more than a month, so her body was only found when a caretaker arrived to bring the dogs food and water, Statesman reported.
A medical examiner determined McCleskey had been dead for at least five hours before she was found.
According to the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, the dogs’ owner will not be charged, explaining that “If the homeowner’s not there and doesn’t sic the dogs on them, I don’t know what charges would be filed.”
The dogs that attacked McCleskey were impounded by Austin Animal Protection, and were quarantined for 10 days to determine whether or not any of them had rabies. Three of the dogs were Australian Cattle Dog mixes and three were Labrador retriever mixes. There was a subsequent court hearing and it was decided all of the dogs would be euthanized.
Some neighbors complained about the dogs in question, the American-Statesman reveals. The owner of the property next door said that they had previously attacked his dog, but he allegedly received no response after calling 911.
Another neighbor stated that she won’t let her children play outside for fear of being attacked by the animals.
In addition to the six dogs that were taken into custody by authorities, there were also 14 puppies found on the same property.