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Woman Tragically Dies After Attacked by Five Dogs in Knoxville, Tennessee

September 08, 2019

KNOXVILLE, TN. – According to an online news story reported at, a woman tragically died after being attacked by five dogs in Knoxville, Tennessee. The incident is under investigation by local authorities, and the owner of the dogs has commented to reporters that the animals were “doing their job.”*

The incident happened at a home in Knoxville, when a 19-year-old woman walked up to a person’s house. The street address was not listed in the report. Five dogs owned by the homeowner then charged at the woman and dragged her away. The dogs included a pit-bull, a mastiff, two mastiff mixes, and a Rottweiler mix. 

A bystander heard the woman screaming for help and called 911. Emergency responders arrived to find the woman severely injured and unconscious. Officers reportedly shot one of the dogs that was charging at them. The report indicates that it appeared to officers that one of the dogs had been trained to attack when it saw a gun pointed at it. 

The woman was rushed to UT Medical Center, where she later tragically died from her injuries. The victim’s family confirmed her death to reporters. 

The report says that the dog shot by officers was killed, and the other four dogs were euthanized following the attack.  The unidentified owner of the animals reportedly told officers responding to the scene that the dogs were “doing their job.” The owner also told reporters that the incident was a “freak accident,” intimating that the dogs were previously non-violent family dogs. The owner further said that the dogs had been contained in an invisible fence. 

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the incident. At the time that the NBC report was posted online, authorities had not said whether charges were anticipated against the owner of the five dogs. 

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