An Alabama public health worker has been killed after being mauled by a pack of seven dogs as she was following up on a previous attack on a woman by the same dogs from earlier in the week.
58-year-old Jacqueline Summer Beard, a longtime employee of the Alabama Department of Public Health, was killed on Friday in a brutal dog attack in Red Bay, according to authorities.
Franklin County Sheriff's Office said that Ms Beard had been sent to the rural area to follow up on an incident earlier in the week where a woman had been attacked by a pack of dogs.
Investigators have stated that they believe that Ms Beard was attempting to contact the dog's owner about the incident before she was savagely attacked and killed by the same dogs.
39-year-old Brand Dowdy, the owner of the dogs, has been arrested and charged with manslaughter and charges under the Dangerous Dog act.
Police officers found the mauled body of Ms Beard when they received a call reporting a suspicious vehicle on Crumpton Road in a rural area outside of Red Bay.
When authorities arrived at the scene, they witnessed several of the dogs attacking some other local residents.
The sheriff's office said that some of the dangerous dogs had to be put down immediately.
The body of Ms Beard was found close by.
As of Saturday, the woman who was injured in the initial dog attack remained in a serious condition in a hospital in Mississippi.
A third person was also badly wounded during the attack in front of the police officers.
The state health department paid tribute to Ms Beard, describing her as an "exceptional person" and "tremendous team worker" who had worked with the agency for almost 17 years.
A spokesperson for ADPH said: "The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) extends our deepest sympathy to the family, friends, and colleagues of Summer Beard, after her tragic passing."
"Summer was known to her coworkers as an exceptional person. She was a tremendous team worker and was loved by those who knew her.
"It is a very sad day for ADPH, and we ask that everyone respect the privacy of the family during this most difficult time."
The owner of the dogs, Ms Dowdy is currently being held in Franklin County Jail on the charges.
Under Emily's Law, owners of dangerous dogs can be sent to prison if their animals seriously injure or kill someone.