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The fatal attack happened when Jacqueline Summer Beard, an Alabama Department of Public Health employee, went to follow up on alleged incident involving dogs owned by Brandy Dowdy, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said. Dowdy’s dogs allegedly attacked a woman earlier last week.
Beard’s body was found earlier on Friday after deputies responded to calls of a suspicious vehicle on Crumpton Road outside of Red Bay.
Brandy Dowdy was arrested following the fatal attack and charged with manslaughter and dangerous dog law. (Franklin County Sheriff’s Office)
When deputies arrived on Crumpton Road, the sheriff’s office said they witnessed several dogs start attacking residents, with one resident suffering minor injuries.
“Some of the dogs had to be euthanized immediately,” the sheriff’s office said.
Investigators determined Beard was killed by the same “dangerous” pack of dogs that she was investigating as she attempted to contact the dogs’ owner, authorities said.
Dowdy was charged with manslaughter and dangerous dog law.