HPD: woman possibly assaulted, killed by her own dogs in Houston

Police said the victim was found in his backyard with puncture wounds to his neck.

HOUSTON – Houston Police are investigating after saying a woman may have been attacked and killed by her dogs on Friday at her home in southwest Houston.

A preliminary investigation indicated that Tiffany L. Frangione, 48, let her two dogs out in the yard of her home in 12400 block from Rockampton Drive. When the dogs got out, they started fighting with the neighbor’s dogs through the fence, police said.

Police believe Frangione attempted to intervene in the dog fight and may have been attacked by her own dogs. She was found dead in her backyard with puncture wounds to her neck, HPD said.

“It makes me very sad to happen to anyone – and to someone in our own neighborhood, it’s even worse,” said Kelia Ballou, a neighbor.

Right now, the investigation is ongoing as police wait to confirm Frangione’s cause of death. An autopsy is in progress.

The City of Houston BARC Animal Shelter confirmed that they were holding the dogs involved in the attack. They were returned by Frangione’s husband on Friday.

The dogs are a 5 year old female Alaskan Husky mix and a Cane Corso male mix.

They are to be euthanized on Monday.

Police are asking anyone who may have information about this incident to call the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600.

Dog bites are not uncommon in the United States. The CDC reports about 4.5 million per year, of which 370,000 ended up in emergency rooms.

In 2019, KHOU 11 News covered at least two fatal attacks; a man killed by his family’s dogs in Galveston County, according to the sheriff’s office, and a woman allegedly killed in north Houston by her neighbor’s dog.

However, fatal attacks are rare. The CDC estimates around 16 per year.

HP Parvizian owns Sit Means Sit Dog Training and has stated that dog aggression is a common concern for its customers.

“We rehabilitate behavior problems and work with aggression,” Parvizian said. “What to look for in dogs. … The eyes, the body language, they tell you, “I’m uncomfortable. “

He offers this advice on two common situations.

N ° 1: What to do if face to face with an aggressive dog:

“The first thing not to do is scream or run. Look for items (like a purse, backpack, pillow, or broom) that you can use as barriers. So now, once they bite that, you have time to head to a car or somewhere safe.

Number 2 is what to do if your dog is fighting another dog. Parvizian said to stay away:

“You’re going to cause yourself more injury and more conflict. We don’t want one injury to turn into two or three.

Parvizian said training is important for dogs and humans.

“Often dogs make decisions because they are uncomfortable, and often they go on the offensive. You have to watch your dog and see his mood. They don’t want to be cuddled often.

He said owners need to understand their dog’s signals and realize that their pets are not people.

“Never trust your dog. Even my dogs are not alone with my children.

Sit Means Sit offers free consultations with people and their dogs that includes an assessment. For more information, Click here.

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