A 48-year-old Houston dog lover was believed to have been mauled to death by her own dogs, when she attempted to intervene in a fight her dogs were having with the neighbor’s pets, officials said.
According to the Houston Police Department (HPD), Tiffany L. Frangione was the victim. Press release.
It happened on Nov. 19, at 10:50 AM, when HPD patrol officers responded a call about a deceased person at 12410 Rockhampton Drive. When police arrived they found Frangione in the backyard with puncture wounds to the neck, according to HPD Homicide Division Detective W. Huff. J. Nguyen and J. Wallschlaeger.
“A preliminary investigation indicated that Frangione let her dogs out into the back yard and they reportedly fought with the neighbor’s dogs through the fence. Authorities believe that when Frangione attempted to intervene that she was possibly attacked by her own dogs,”According to the release.
The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences told Inside Edition Digital that Frangione’s death was ruled to be accidental and the cause was “blunt force trauma of the neck with penetrating injuries and mechanical asphyxia.”
Following the incident, Frangione’s husband turned over the dogs to the city of Houston’s BARC Animal Shelter, According to KHOU11 News
The dogs were scheduled to be euthanized after the incident, the news outlet reported.
On Frangione’s Facebook page, she is pictured having fun and relaxing with her two dogs who were allegedly involved in the attack, a five-year-old named Masha and a male named Rachirius Maximus, who also had its own Instagram page.
Inside Edition Digital was informed by the Houston Police Department that the case has been closed and is no longer under active investigation.