Woman may have been assaulted and killed by her own dogs in her backyard: police

Police are investigating whether a Houston woman was killed in an attack by her own dogs after fighting with her neighbor’s dogs.

Police responded to the woman’s home in Houston on November 19 after receiving a report of a deceased person. When police arrived, they found the victim, identified as Tiffany Frangione, 48, in her backyard with puncture wounds to her neck.

A preliminary investigation found that Frangione let her dogs out into her backyard on Friday, where they fought with the neighbor’s dogs through a fence, according to the Houston Police Department. Police believe Frangione attempted to intervene in the dogfighting and was potentially attacked by her own dogs.

Police said in a statement they were awaiting the results of the autopsy. The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences discovered that his death was accidental and classified the cause as “blunt neck trauma with penetrating injuries and mechanical asphyxiation,” the Houston Chronicle reported.

Police are investigating whether a woman in Houston, Texas was killed by her dogs. Here, a crime scene tape is seen after a mass shooting at Santa Fe High School on May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas.
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News week contacted the Harris County Institute of Forensic Science for comment.

A spokesperson for BARC Animal Shelter and Adoption told the local news station KTRK that Frangione’s husband returned the two dogs, a 5-year-old female Alaskan husky and a male Cane Corso, to the facility. Both dogs will be euthanized.

According to the American Kennel Club, Cane Corsos is considered quite good with young children and other dogs. They are also considered very affectionate with their families and people they know well and are considered “intelligent” and “trainable”. A “great watchdog,” the American Kennel Club has called it “vital” that they have responsible breeding and early socialization with people.

Alaskan Huskies are not a recognized breed by the American Kennel Club, so there is no breed profile on the dog. It is also not known what other breeds were part of the Alaskan husky mix.

Anyone with additional information on the case is encouraged to call the Houston Police Department Homicide Division at 713-308-3600.

Two years before Frangione was potentially attacked, Houston Police investigated the death of Elaine Richman, which resulted in Pinschers Dobermans. In 2019, Richman was found dead in her backyard with bite marks covering her face and body, according to KTRK.

The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences ruled his death an accident and Tom Pincus, the president of the Houston Kennel Club, told the Houston Chronicle at the time that it is “extremely unusual” for a person to be attacked by their personal dogs.

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