Wild dogs kill Ga. woman, then husband

Associated Press / August 19, 2009

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LEXINGTON, Ga. - An elderly woman killed by a pack of wild dogs had been out for a walk when she was attacked, and her husband died trying to fight off the mauling animals when he discovered the bloody scene near their rural Georgia home, authorities said yesterday.

Preliminary autopsy results showed Lothar Karl Schweder, 77, and his wife, Sherry, 65, died from multiple animal bites.

Authorities have rounded up about 11 dogs suspected in the rare attack and returned to the area yesterday to find four more that were spotted by a deputy.

The dogs were being held by animal control officials while authorities decide what to do with them, said Jim Fullington, special agent for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

“It just appears that a large number of dogs had started living, running together, multiplying, and had grown into what I would describe as a pack of wild or feral-type dogs,’’ Fullington said.

Sherry Schweder had told one of her sons that there were several dogs wandering the neighborhood that no one seemed to be caring for, Fullington said.

Authorities said it appeared Sherry Schweder was attacked by the pack of dogs during a Friday evening walk near her home. Authorities believe her husband later went looking for her in their car.

Investigators found Sherry Schweder’s bloody shirt underneath the car, about 6 to 8 feet from her body, said Madison County Coroner James Mathews.

Lothar Schweder’s body was found about 16 to 18 feet from his wife’s body.