“My mother was a kind and caring woman,” Jamie Martinez said. “She loved her grandchildren and cooking for her family. This is a real tragedy and it could have been prevented.”

A woman in Oklahoma has died after being attacked by a pack of small, flea-infested dachshunds. The dog pack belonged to a neighbor, but according to Garcia’s family, they spent most of their time in the woods.

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“These were wild dogs outside of anyone’s control. But they were her responsibility,” said Martinez, referring to the neighbor.

Tracy Garcia, 52, was killed in an attack by seven small dogs near her home outside Ardmore, Oklahoma. Carter County Sheriff Chris Bryant confirmed that Garcia died from her injuries on May 10th.

Here’s more from Time:

Bryant said each dog weighed less than 40 pounds. One dog was shot by a police officer, while the rest were euthanized at Ardmore Animal Shelter, local outlet KXII reported.

Six of the dogs were likely dachshund-terrier mixes, and one was a border collie mix, according to the shelter’s euthanasia technician Amanda Dinwiddie. Four were male dogs and three were female, and all were between a year and three years old, she said.

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Dinwiddie said the dogs did not have an apparent health concerns, apart from all of them being covered in fleas and ticks.

“You can tell they have been living out in the woods,” she said.

Police are investigating whether criminal charges should be filed following the attack.

According to an obituary, Garcia was a healthcare worker, homemaker and housekeeper throughout her life. She is survived by a son and daughter.

It is unsafe to assume that since a dog is small, that he’s not dangerous. This case illustrates that fact that any animal, sufficiently scared, hungry, or angry, can be deadly. This threat is raised exponentially when there is more than one dog involved.

Although the specific circumstances surrounding this incident are unclear at this time, we would like to offer our condolences to the Garcia family. It’s our prayer that this tragedy can spur others into action and take precautions against dog attacks.

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Have you ever been bitten by a smaller dog?