Alabama woman killed by a pack of dogs; owner charged with manslaughter

An Alabama Department of Public Health worker was killed by a pack of dogs in the northwest of the state last week while responding to a report of another attack involving the same dogs earlier within the week, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said. Friday on Facebook.

Jacqueline Summer Beard was pronounced dead Friday by the Franklin County coroner after local residents called police to report a suspicious vehicle, the sheriff’s office said. Officers found the car with Beard’s body inside in a rural area outside of Red Bay near the Mississippi line, according to the Facebook post.

Beard allegedly tried to contact the owner of the dog – who the sheriff’s office identified as Brandy Dowdy, 39 – when the dogs killed her, the sheriff’s office said.

AL.com, the website for several Alabama newspapers, reported that Beard was a 58-year-old environmental supervisor and longtime employee of the Department of Public Health. He reported that on Friday morning she was following up on an incident earlier in the week in which the dogs attacked a woman who was walking. The woman remains hospitalized in Mississippi, AL.com reported.

When officers arrived on the scene, several dogs began attacking residents, resulting in minor injuries to one and some dogs being immediately euthanized, the sheriff’s office said. Officers later found Beard’s body in the car, the sheriff’s office said.

Dowdy has been charged with manslaughter and is being held without bond, according to public records.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Public Health Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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