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Woman mauled to death by her dogs at a shelter where they were being quarantined

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a close up of a woman: She was sent to hospital with life-threatening injuries but later died © Facebook She was sent to hospital with life-threatening injuries but later died

A woman has been mauled to death by her own dogs at an animal shelter where they were being quarantined for biting someone else.

Johana Villafane, 33, was attacked by her two pit bulls when she was with the dogs in the exercise area of O'Connor Animal Hospital in Irving, Texas on March 23.

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Police attended the scene but were unable to reach her as the pair of dogs were relentlessly attacking Ms Villafane's bloodied body.

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They were forced to shoot and kill the dogs due to the 'aggressive behaviour' of the pit bulls.

Ms Villafane was taken to Parkland Hospital with life-threatening injuries but later died.

Irving Police said the initial investigation revealed the dogs

Woman mauled to death by her dogs at a shelter where they were being quarantined

Grant Dickey, a neighbour of the woman told CBS News that the dogs broke through his fence during the previous incident and escaped into the neighbourhood.

He said law enforcement thought they were his dogs as they saw them going in and out of his fence.

"I said 'no', it's the neighbour's dogs...they broke through into my yard earlier and they said 'well they bit somebody when they got out'," Dickey explained.

Before the dogs escaped and bit someone, Dickey said they seemed friendly but rough.

a house that has a sign on the side of a building: The dogs were being quarantined at the animal hospital for biting another person © Google The dogs were being quarantined at the animal hospital for biting another person

"They had always seemed friendly but aggressively friendly if you will. Jumping on you...and they were pretty sizable dogs," he said.

An investigation into Ms Villafane's death has launched as the police attempted to find out what may have caused the dogs to attack her.

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