Dog Mauling Kills Thorndale Woman

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THORNDALE, Texas -- A 76-year-old woman working in her front yard was mauled to death by a pack of six dogs.

Lillian Loraine Stiles was riding on a lawn mower in her front yard Saturday when she was confronted by the dogs, said Milam County Sheriff Charlie West. The dogs were described as a pit bull-rottweiler mix.

Investigators think Stiles was heading back into her house after getting off the lawn mower when she was attacked.

Stiles, who had severe bites over her entire body, was pronounced dead at her home. A man who tried to help Stiles was bitten on his leg.

The six dogs were found at the home of Stiles' neighbor, Jose Hernandez, who could face criminal charges. Five of the dogs were seized by the sheriff's department and taken to a veterinary clinic in nearby Cameron.

Thorndale is about 70 miles west of College Station.