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Police: Woman fatally mauled by dog while trying to bathe it

Published August 21, 2006

CORAL SPRINGS - A woman who died after being mauled by her dog was trying to give it a bath when it attacked, police said.

Shawna Willey, 30, died Friday. Her daughter apparently witnessed the attack by the 120-pound Presa Canario and alerted a neighbor who called authorities, Coral Springs police spokesman Rich Nicorvo said.

Willey was cited in Hillsborough County several years ago for having dangerous dogs, according to court records.

It was not clear what made the dog attack, Nicorvo said.

When police arrived at the house, the officers saw the dog standing over the woman's body in the back yard near the swimming pool.

The dog made aggressive movements toward officers when they entered the yard, so they shot and killed it. A coroner will determine Willey's official cause of death.

In 2001 a San Francisco woman was fatally mauled by two 100-pound-plus Presa Canarios outside her apartment.

[Last modified August 21, 2006, 01:46:26]

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